Puppe's Story

told by HIROKI SUGIHARA, written by ANNE HOSHIKO AKABORI, illustrations by ANDREA FONG - 1996, 25 pages, hardback.

From the cover flaps -
Puppe's Story is a five-year old's true to life account of life in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1940. It begins with an idyllic description of daily life in this small city and culminates in the dramatic and historic decision by Puppe's father, Chuine Sugihara to risk his life and career in order to help desperate Jewish refugees to escape the terrors of the Holocaust.

Puppe is Hiroki Sugihara, oldest son of Consul Sugihara. This is his very touching and personal perspective of a remarkable story. It gives readers a personal glimpse of Chiune Sugihara - diplomat, visionary and great humanitarian - as a caring and loving parent. This story tells of the intrinsic values taught to a five-year old child by a father who showed the world that individuals who are compelled to follow their conscience can make a great difference. Young readers can share with Puppe his recollection and pride in his father's decision to help those in need.

Author ANNE AKABORI attended California State University San Jose, where she majored in library science and education. She received her teaching credential from California State University Sacramento. A friend of Hiroki Sugihara, Anne is well acquainted with the Sugihara's family story. Together they translated his mother's memoir, "Visa's for Life" into English. "Visa's for Life" received wide interest, and Puppe's Story, a memoir of a five year-old Hiroki was written to introduce children to the courage of the Sugihara family. Hiroki and Anne are continuing their writing collaboration and are presently working on a definative biography about Chiune Sugihara, as well as a biography about Hiroki's mother, Yukiko Sugihara.

ANDREA FONG is also the illustrator of "Made in China" and resides in San Francisco.

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