Passage to Freedom

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The family of a Japanese diplomat, Mr. Sugihara, living in Lithuania in 1940, is confronted by Jewish refugees asking for Japanese visas to escape the German Nazis. Without his country's permission, Mr. Sugihara issues thousands of visas, and even today, years after his death, Japanese and Jewish families alike honor Mr. Sugihara for his bravery. (Pearson Reading Street, 2010)

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