Humanitarian conduct in the face of evil immortalized
It was most heartening to witness the PBS premier Thursday, May 5, 2005, of "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness," a crowning achievement for the producers and film makers whose dedicated efforts culminated in the national broadcast of this important award winning film. It is a profoundly touching story--inspired and inspiring. Chiune Sugihara's life is a monument to the possibility of humanitarian conduct amidst a virtual tsunami of evil. That is the profoundly hopeful message it held for me. The biography affirms this man's fundamental human decency, along with his humility and grace. In these politically brutal times a documentary about one gentleman doing the right thing despite placing his reputation and career in jeopardy contrasts so drastically with cabal style leadership that it is like a beacon of light in a stormy sea. Learning about this selfless, caring and concerned individual diplomat is most welcome in an era when clutching power by the throat and holding on with a death grip trumps ethics as though power itself is justification for both means and end. This film attests to and underscores the magnitude of good made possible by one courageous man with pen and ink on paper. In the decades that have elapsed since his brave flurry of decisive administrative actions during a critical time in history the film reveals how his kindness virtually extrapolated many times over. The film makers were able to trace the lives of those who Sugihara was able to rescue to discover many thousands of most grateful descendants. It is a hopeful and heartwarming story most deserving of documentary enshrinement with the telling and retelling that film makes possible.
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