Film Screening (Atlanta, GA)
PERSONA NON GRATA – THE STORY OF CHIUNE SUGIHARA
DIRECTED BY CELLIN GLUCK
139 min., unrated (2015)
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Chiune Sugihara is a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania. He is also a worldclass spy. In Lithuania he and his partner, Pesh, gather intelligence on European affairs. As WWII begins and Germany invades Poland, hordes of Jewish refugees flee to Lithuania. In search of transit visas, they turn to Sugihara who is torn between his loyalty to his country and his loyalty to mankind.
Admission is FREE! (reservation required)
Doors open at 6:00 P.M.
Seating available on a first-come first-served basis.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover Japan Recipe Campaign | Eating Japan!
One lucky winner will be chosen from amongst those who voted for the winning recipe.
You also have a chance to win other prizes from participating companies.
The “Discover Japan Recipe Campaign” is sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization. The winner of the Campaign will receive a Grand Prize Package as more specifically described here.
Contest is ongoing thru 11:59 ET on February 28th, 2018. Sponsor will select the Campaign winner in accordance with the procedures set forth here and will announce such winner before March 26th, 2018.
For more information visit http://us.jnto.go.jp/food/
Ichibancon 2018 ( Concord, NC)
January 11 – 14, 2018
Embassy Suites Hotel Concord
Ichibancon is an anime convention in the area of Charlotte, North Carolina. We will be having 4 days of events January 11th-14th with tons of fun events to attend, a dealers room, video showings, an artist alley, a huge video and arcade game room, an awesome rave, plenty of good panels, cosplay contest and much more!
For more information visit Ichibancon
Winter Wonderland (Atlanta, GA)
Now thru January 7, 2018
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Atlanta, GA 30307
Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world.
For more information visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905
(Chapel Hill, NC)
Now thru January 7, 2018
Ackland Art Museum
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Flash of Light, Fog of War draws on a gift of over 240 Japanese prints given to the Ackland Art Museum by Gene and Susan Roberts. For the exhibition, these prints have been supplemented with exciting new acquisitions and loans of Japanese textiles and ceramics from the collection of Jacqueline M. and Edward G. Atkins.
Flash of Light, Fog of War was organized by Bradley M. Bailey, Associate Curator of Asian Art, Ackland Art Museum, and is accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalogue.
This exhibition has been made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ackland’s Ruth and Sherman Lee Fund for Asian Art. Support for the exhibition catalogue was provided by Gene and Susan Roberts.
For more information visit Ackland Art Museum
ANNUAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE EVENT
Sunday, January 21, 2018
6:00pm – Opening Exhibit
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – CONSCIENCE and ACTION:“Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
8:45pm – Book Signing
The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel
RSVP required: www.2018remember.eventbrite.
Much has been written about the horrors and slaughter of millions during the Holocaust, but few are aware of the stories of rescue and survival by those who have been honored by Yad Vashem as “Righteous among the Nation” for their acts of bravery and courage in saving others. Few had a greater impact than Chiune Sugihara, who as the Japanese imperial Consul-General to Lithuania, saved Jews by issuing temporary transit visas for them to escape Europe. Chiune Sugihara and his wife, Yukiko, when confronted with evil, obeyed the kindness of their hearts and the conscience of their souls, and took action that saved the lives of over 6000 Jews. These survivors became known as “Sugihara Survivors”. Chiune Sugihara performed these acts of compassion in defiance of orders from the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo that denied him permission to issue these life-saving visas. Chiune Sugihara selflessly sacrificed his diplomatic career and risked his life, and the lives of his family, in order to save others. In 1985, more than 50 years later, he and his wife, Yukiko, were recognized as Righteous among the Nations by Yad Vashem in Israel for his actions. He is the only Japanese national to be so honored.
Am Yisrael Chai is honored to present: Leo Melamed, one of the Sugihara Survivors and Chihiro Sugihara, grandson of Chiune Sugihara.
Leo Melamed was born in Bialystok, Poland on March 20, 1932. On September 1st, 1939, Germany declared war on Poland. Leo and his family narrowly escaped death as they managed to flee on the last train out of Bialystok and headed for Vilnius, Lithuania. The situation in Lithuania deteriorated rapidly. Leo Melamed and his family were fortunate to receive one of Chiune Sugihara’s visas. Leo and his parents traveled the treacherous Trans-Siberian Railroad to Japan, and then in 1941 immigrated to the US where they settled in Chicago. Leo attended Law School, and is now a lawyer, writer, lecturer, and financial market innovator. Leo is recognized as the founder of the financial futures market, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.
Chihiro Sugihara, grandson of Chiune Sugihara and Chairperson of the Visas for Life non-profit organization, has dedicated his life to the legacy of his grandfather, and will share his insights about his grandfather.
This event is free and open to the public.