5 2016

The Fugu Plan

5:30PM - 9:00PM  

Temple Beth El of Somerset 1489 Hamilton St.
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 873-2325 templebethelsomerset@comcast.net

Contact Elaine Wasserman
(732) 873-2325

$ Cost $ 5.00

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan, will present the amazing story of Japan's plan to create an "Israel in Asia" under Japanese control for displaced Jews from Europe at the beginning of World War II. Japan would offer offer displaced European Jews a safe haven in Manchuria in return for the financial and technical skills they would bring to this outpost of the Japanese Empire. Although this so-called "Fugu Plan" would flounder with Japan's entry into the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy in 1940, its legacy, as the Holocaust swept over Europe, was the survival of thousands of Jews issued Japanese transit visas and given wartime refuge in Asia. That they survived at all is testimony to the courage of many individuals, both Japanese and Jews, whose stories will be told here, and to the seeds planted by the unlikely vision embodied in The Fugu Plan.

Sponsor: Temple Beth El of Somerset