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Author Ken Mochizuki reads his award winning book Baseball Saved Us about a Japanese American boy who learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II Hea Righteous Gentiles are recognized at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem These heroes risked their life as well as their family s during the dark days of the Holocaust Passage to Freedom The Sugihara Story is one of the few picture books that documents this part of history The back cover highlights both Jewish and Japanese culture by citing two prominent proverbsThe Jewish proverb If you save the life of one person it is as if you saved the world entire Japanese Proverb Even a Hunter cannot kill a bird that comet so him for refugeThe book includes an afterward by the son of the hero Reading about the positive efforts of Righteous Gentiles provides a different perspective to the Holocaust Sugihara had to decide whether he would follow his heart or follow his government s wishes Few Holocaust era diplomats and leaders were willing to risk their job and their family s security This book speaks directly to the choices that all people make Standing up for what one believes is a character trait that should not be dismissed This story raises many important uestions that can be addressed at various age levels I recommend that Sugihara s story be included in introductory discussions of the Holocaust

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Nderstanding of the difficult decision that the Japanese diplomat made inshould he follow a Japanese government mandate and refuse visas to Jewish refugees in Lithuania or follow his conscience and try to save liv This book is an excellent way for anyone wanting a uick explanation about the Fugu plan and how one Japanese man saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust I bought the book to read to the children in my religious school class and made sure to read it myself first thinking also that I would buy an adult version of the story as well However the illustrations and the recounting of the events are very well done and easy to understand without being condescending There are also additional notes at the end which are very informative Gloom Town liv This book is an excellent way for anyone wanting a uick explanation about the Fugu plan and how one Japanese man saved thousands of Jewish uinze dias lives during the Holocaust I bought the book to read to the children in my religious school class and made sure to read it myself first thinking also that I would buy an adult version of the story as well However the illustrations and the recounting of the events are very well done and easy to understand without being condescending There are also additional notes at the end which are very informative

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Ring about how his ability to play the game helps him after the war is over adds to this touching story Listening to the author read his story about Chiune Sugihara in A Passage to Freedom offers an evendramatic u This beautiful story tells of a Japanese consul to Lithuania who risked everything to provide passports to fleeing Jews during WWII It is a story of uiet courage open compassion and family strength It is a loved and repeated read in our family


13 thoughts on “Passage to Freedom / Baseball Saved Us

  1. says:

    Righteous Gentiles are recognized at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem These heroes risked their life as well as their family's during the dark days of the Holocaust Passage to Freedom The Sugihara Story is one of the few picture books that documents this part of history The back cover highlights both Jewish and Japanese culture by citing two

  2. says:

    I never knew about this man My students wrote character traits about him and loved learning a piece of history

  3. says:

    Everyone knows about Schindler no one knows about Mr Sugihara This is a wonderful story that should make the rounds We can use heroes and Mr Sugihara was most definitely a hero The holocaust was an unspeakably terrible time in world history Too many countries and too many people were complicit by action or inaction when Jews Gypsies Poles political dissidents and homosexuals were slaughtered The few people who followed their conscience a

  4. says:

    This beautiful story tells of a Japanese consul to Lithuania who risked everything to provide passports to fleeing

  5. says:

    The story of Mr Sugihara's involvement in helping Jewish people in WWII is compelling and little known I am especially interested in the nationpeople of Japan but had never heard of this historic event After reading the book I saw the video and found it fascinating as well The book is written in a manner especial

  6. says:

    Even though this is a comic book it tells the seemingly unknown story of Chiune Sugihara who seemingly was a real hero for the Jewish community before World War II As a member of Japan's consulate in Lithuania he issued thousands of travel visas for people who would have otherwise been trapped by the approaching soldiers of the third reich Going against his government's instructions he was able to save somewhere betwee

  7. says:

    A fascinating story of humanism and taking a risk for others Good lesson diversity and ethics

  8. says:

    This book is an excellent way for anyone wanting a uick explanation about the Fugu plan and how one Japanese man saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust I bought the book to read to the children in my religious school class and made sure to read it myself first thinking also that I would buy an adult version of the story as well However the illustrations and the recounting of the events are very well done and easy to underst

  9. says:

    This is powerful and little known story of a Japanese diplomat deserves wider telling Though a picture book it is long and has difficult subject matter it is suited to a Year Five Year Six audience Children I ha

  10. says:

    This is a story about a Japanese diplomat during the Second World War not a 'Chinese diplomat' as the Review saysThis is an illustated book and children's education book but the book description or review here doesn't say soIn 1940 the diplomat Chiune Sugihara issued special visas for 6000 Jews in Lethuania to let them escape from the Nazi persecution Japan was allied with Germany during the War but it was mainly for the

  11. says:

    This is a story about a Japanese diplomat during the Second World War not a 'Chinese diplomat' as the Review says This is an illustated book an

  12. Very sad a short account of one family's life in war They were very brave too short a read though

  13. says:

    Amazing book

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