Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, May 2–May 9
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne
Instructor: Ben Gold
Shortly prior to and during World War II, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees were resettled in the Japanese empire. But wasn’t Japan an ally of Nazi Germany? Didn’t Hitler want the Japanese to round up their Jewish population? Why did the Japanese refuse? And why was Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as vice-consul for the empire of Japan in Lithuania, officially recognized by Israel and given the honor of being named “Righteous Among the Nations”?
Ben Gold, an OLLI member, has a BA in political science from Stanford University and also holds an MS in computer science. He served for 21 years in the US Navy and now is in his 14th year as a docent at the Supreme Court.