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Object ID

2014.1.477

Object Name

Passport

Date

1936

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Grey booklet titled, "Republicka Československá République Tchécoslovsque Cestovný Pas" with seal on cover. Interior includes a black and white photograph of a man, as well as various stamps and writing.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Czechoslovakian Travel Passport issued for Egon Hertzka in 1936. Curacao visa, Japan transit visa and many border crossing seals inside. Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who served as vice-consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania. During World War II, he helped several thousand Jews to leave the country by issuing transit visas to Jewish refugees so that they could travel to Japan. Most of the Jews who escaped were refugees from German-occupied Poland or residents of Lithuania. Sugihara issued travel visas that enabled the escape of more than 6,000 Jewish refugees to Japanese territory, risking his career and his family's lives. In 1985, Israel honored him as Righteous Among the Nations for this actions.

Dimensions

6 x 4"

Keywords

Czechoslovakia, Japan, Lithuania

Passport issued to Egon Hertzka by Chiune Sugihara

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