- Mar 6, 2017
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Tatsuo Osako (left) in his youth
(Photo: Courtesy of the family)
Despite the Japanese Empire being allied with Nazi Germany, Osako welcomed the refugees upon their arrival in Japan and doled out aid money he received from Jewish rescue organizations while using his connections to ensure the refugees' safe passage into Japan.
Osako, who passed away in 2003, is one of a handful of Japanese citizens whose contribution to saving Jewish lives in the days of the Holocaust received belated recognition from the Israeli government.
(full article online)
Tatsuo Osako welcomed thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing German-occupied Europe and ensured their safe transport to Japan; more than 80 years later, Israeli government posthumously recognizes his work