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Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story

by Ken Mochizuki, Ken Mochizuki (Author)

Other authors: Hiroki Sugihara (Afterword), Hiroki Sugihara (Afterword)

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Genre:Historical fiction

This book is about a family (Sugihara) who are stationed in Lithuania during World War II. He decided to risk it all to help save Jewish people from the Germans by granting them visas to flee the country. This can be used as a way to talk about World War II from a different perspective. It can be used as a way to create empathy with the students.
  Emmerie | Apr 26, 2017 |
This is a great book to read aloud to second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are learning about Nazi Germany and refugees. The book is very long, so the attention span of any younger children would keep them from receiving all of the information that the text has to offer. The book may need to be read over a span of a few days. The book could be utilized as an uncommon perspective view point, since most of Nazi stories are told from the perspectives of either Jewish or German people. The book is somewhat dark and talks about a gruesome subject, so it is important that the book would be used with the right group of students. The book provides great discussion topics for students and the classroom setting.
  jthodesen01 | Mar 9, 2017 |
This story is written in the point of view of a young boy. He is the eldest son of the Japanese consul to Lithuania. There were many Jewish refugees that had come to get visa's so they could escape to another country. The boy's father, wrote thousands of visas to help the Jewish refugees. He went against the government and put his family danger, but knew it was the right thing to do. GENRE: historical fiction. USES: to teach putting others first, history. MEDIA: encaustic beeswax on paper with scratched out images, and oil paint and colored pencil. CRITIQUE: This book puts you in the shoes of a young boy who doesn't understand everything that is happening in the world, but knows he must help others before himself. It is very thought provoking. The illustrations match the mood of the story.
  Adrinnon | Apr 12, 2016 |
I liked this book for a few reasons, but mainly because of its language and characters. This book is a little more sophisticated and definitely for older grades because of its content, but the language used makes it understandable and easy to follow. The author uses figurative language to describe the events and characters throughout the helping make connections to the reader. The story combines elements of both a narrative and informational text by telling a story based on true events, this is a great way to keep the interest of the readers. Towards the middle of the book, the narrator expresses, “I couldn’t help but stare out the window and watch the crowd, while downstairs, for two hours, my father listened to frightening stories.” At this moment, the son describes a time when his father spoke to refugees about escaping.

Another thing I liked about this book was the connections the author made with the characters and the audience, especially the narrator. Point of view is important to this book because the narrator is retelling the story of his childhood and the real events that happened in his life. Throughout the book, the audience is able to see, hear and understand character’s actions and thoughts through the authors writing. The main message of this story is the concept of hard work paying off and good things happening to good people. The father in this story helps refugees by writing visas for families to escape, even when he knows he could get his entire family in trouble or even killed. He provides this selfless act to help strangers and provide them security. ( )
  gretchencompere | Feb 19, 2016 |
I never knew about this hero who forced Japan to allow thousands of Jews to seek refuge there. A warm, inspiring story about a dark period in history.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ken Mochizukiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Mochizuki, KenAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, DomIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, DomIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sugihara, HirokiAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sugihara, HirokiAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sarfatti, EstherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania in 1940 who risked the safety of his own family members and put his job on the line by issuing visas to as many as 10,000 Jews who were facing death at the hands of the Nazis.… (more)

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4 editions of this book were published by Lee & Low Books.

Editions: 1880000490, 1584301570, 1880000814, 1880000822

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