Tatsuo Osako

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Tatsuo Osako (大迫 辰雄; 1917–2003), of Chiba, Japan was a citizen of the Japanese Empire during World War II who is most notable for transporting Jews to safety. He escorted over 2,000 Jews who came from German-occupied countries from Vladivostok, Russia to Tsuruga, Japan.[1] Many of them continued from Japan on to the United States.[2] These refugees had transit visas issued by Chiune Sugihara, who is often referred to as the Japanese Schindler.[3]

Osako's work and a photo album he kept of refugees he helped inspired his co-worker, Akira Kitade, to write a book about Japanese people helping Jews escape from the Nazis titled "Visas of life and the epic journey: how the Sugihara survivors reached Japan".[4][2] He died in 2003.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Photos ID'd of European WWII refugees saved by Japanese tourism official". The Japan Times Online. 2015-12-14. ISSN 0447-5763. Archived from the original on December 17, 2015. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "Book on "Sugihara Survivors" Published in English | The Hawaii Herald". www.thehawaiiherald.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  3. ^ "Old photos reveal tale of Japan and Jews of WWII". Herald Online. October 18, 2010.
  4. ^ 1944-, Kitade, Akira; 1944-, 北出明 (2014). Visas of life and the epic journey : how the Sugihara survivors reached Japan. Tōkyō: 朝文社. ISBN 9784886952615. OCLC 881605347.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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