30 December 2022

Published December 28, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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This year has zipped by and now we are ready to take the final Friday Fictioneers challenge…of the year. 😉 To find my story I did a Google search of famous people born on the first of January. This is where it led me.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

TRUE CHARITY

In our home in Jerusalem, we celebrated holidays according to the lunar calendar. Rosh HaShana, which fell in autumn, was the beginning of our new year. However, my grandfather raised a glass of champagne every January 1st.

            “To Chiune Sugihara, a true hero.”

            “What did he do, Saba?” I asked.

            “What did he do? Funny you should ask.” Saba’s eyes misted. “Mr. Sugihara was the Japanese consul in Lithuania. He issued visas to some 6000 Jews. Thanks to him we escaped the Nazis.”

“Why do always you toast him on January 1st?”

“To wish him a happy birthday, of course.”

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Should you have 11 minutes to spare CLICK to watch a worthwhile video about this man. You won’t regret it.

69 comments on “30 December 2022

  • Thank You Rochelle. Lovely memory and honoring toast. Happy New Year to you. Every man has a great woman by his side. Aligato gozaimasu Sensei Sugihara Chinue no tsuma desu. My Japanese Sensei would probably scold me for my mistakes in this sentence. Please accept my deepest apologies Kumi.

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  • We so often think of the Japanese as “the enemy” in that war and a racist view painted them in such evil colors back then, it is always heart warming to see stories like that of Mr. Sugihara and know real goodness does not have national borders. Nice story.

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  • I watched the video and immediately regretted it. I’m playing. This is a poignant reminder that like Schindler not all Germans were evil hatemongers or even complicit in the horrors inflicted by the Nazis. Despite the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Rape of Nanking, not all Japanese people were monsters during WWII. Sometimes, we can dig deep within ourselves beyond our allegiances, and find the humanity that binds us all. It takes tremendous courage to put oneself out there like so many true heroes did at a time when the world desperately needed such heroes. Thank you for sharing Mr. Sugihara’s story.

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  • this reminds of president manuel quezon who welcomed over 1,200 jewish refugees into his country in the late 1930s while most countries closed their doors to them. he could have bring tens of thousands more if the u.s. government didn’t interfere.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    What a remarkable man. He was a hero–the Good Samaritan of his time. It took a lot of courage and compassion for what he did. I liked that he saw not helping people who desperately needed this help as disobeying God. I believe it was God who sent those people to him.

    Thanks for sharing Mr. Sugihara’s story. It’s a reminder that there are decent people who will help those in need, regardless of their race, religion or nationality.

    Shalom,
    Adele

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