N.Y. Jews Thank Japan City for Hospitality during WWII


New York, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--A Jewish member of the New York City Council offered a letter of appreciation to the city government of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday for accepting Jews who escaped from the Nazi persecution during World War II.

Kalman Yeger handed the letter to Tsuruga Mayor Takanobu Fuchikami during an event held in the Japanese consulate general to promote exchanges between local Jewish residents and Japanese people.

In 1940, several thousands of Jewish refugees with "visas for life" issued by late Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who worked at the consulate in Kaunas in Lithuania, arrived in Tsuruga via Siberia.

Tsuruga residents gave food and other support to them.

"Japanese people tend to be quieter, tend to not pat themselves on the back as much as my fellow countrymen," said Yeger, whose grandfather fled from Poland to Tsuruga.

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