Chiune Sugihara, The Heart Sutra, and L’Dor V’Dor, from Generation to Generation

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who, in July of 1940, through extraordinary measures and under seemingly impossible circumstances, selflessly saved the lives of endangered Jews. To honor his memory and that of those whose lives were both lost and saved, artwork by Rona Conti can now be viewed at the Sugihara Foundation and Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania.

In the late 1930’s , as World War II approached and Jews were being rounded up, a man named Joseph Shimkin from Poland but living in Vilnius began to realize that he would be trapped along with thousands of others. He went from embassy to embassy [read more]