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Yukiko Sugihara

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Mia Clark for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library. 

Yukiko Sugihara was responsible for encouraging her husband, Chiune Sugihara, Japan’s consul in Kovno, Lithuania to issue 2,139 visas for 6,000 displaced Polish Jews during WWII despite his government’s objections and the fact that it could put both their lives in danger.

Sugihara later detailed her husband’s actions in “Visas for Life” which inspired the “Visas for Life: The Righteous and Honorable Diplomats Project. A travelling exhibit and program which features the story of life-saving diplomats.

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