Silent swing

An unused swing. In a small park, right up the steep hill overlooking the city centre of Kaunas. It felt this morning a silent witness for the men and women who 76 years ago desperately tried to find a way out. Imagine that just a stamp and a signature is the only thing that separates you from life or death….

Such was the situation in early summer 1940. Barely a 2 minute walk away from this park, is the house (currently museum) where Chiune Sugihara issued 2.345 visa for the Jews of Kaunas. Working in tandem with Jan Zwartendijk, and often urging him to slow down, he wrote for hours upon hours the visa that would grant the Jews a transit to Curacao; de facto a change to live.

silent swing

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