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THE GIFT OF LIFE, by Anne Akabori.
Paper, 137 pages, 2005. ISBN 0-9649674-9-9. $20 including s/h.
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We are pleased to announce the publication of this new book by Anne Akabori. It is the first definitive biographical account of the life and times of Chiune Sugihara and some of the survivors who received his visas.
Chapters are devoted to Sugihara's beginnings, education, diplomatic service, eastern European odyssey, and adversity and redemption. The book includes stories of selected Sugihara survivors, and an appendix brings readers up to date on the lives of these survivors.
This book reveals the principles that governed Sugihara's life, which
prompted him to shoulder an awesome and dangerous responsibility because "It
was the right thing to do." No man better deserves the tribute, "He
made a difference."
It is a very vital and important book that will help readers understand
the underlying values that Sugihara lived by. Little is known about his
upbringing and the true meaning of the code of Bushido, that he was instilled
with that guided him throughout his life. Sugihara's story should be
as well known as that of Oscar Schindler.
The gift provides fresh insights about Sugihara's biography and decisions
that led to his heroic deeds. Akabori uses the metaphor of gifts and
giving to frame the contributions of Chiune Sugihara. In writing this
book, Akabori herself provides all of us with a special gift -- a glimmer
of the humanity we hope exists in all of us.
Richly detailed and full of compassion, "The Gift" uncovers
how one man, through personal conviction and multicultural experience,
can alter the course of history. His life challenges the rest of us to
see each other as part of a larger family, not bound by nationality or
religion. This memoir is a moving tribute to one man's ultimate decision
to defy his government and obey his humanity. It is one that should be
known and heeded by all.
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