Originally posted by PalidaMortis@Jun 26 2005, 03:01 AM Seems to me the only virtue some Japanese exhibited was their assistance with a handful of jewish refugees from certain death at the hands of the Germans If some of you are not aware of the PalidaMortis reply, it refers to the Wartime Japanese Consul in Kovno, Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara, who signed visas for Jews to allow them into Japan. These Jews could then travel to a friendlier country. There were many other Consul's in other European countries who did the same. The number was estimated to be in excess of 200,000. I just stumbled across the (very old) posts quoted above. It's something I didn't know about. What I did know (and it may or may not be connected in some way) is that in September/October 1945 my father passed through Bangkok, where there was a community of about 70 German Jewish refugees who had managed to get visas. Interestingly, the Japanese occupiers of the Thailand had given them no trouble, perceiving them as Germans - i.e. their allies!