A hero’s hero

Holocaust survivor Solly Ganor’s brief encounter with Chiune Sugihara changes history and leads to a lifelong debt of gratitude

By LIANE GRUNBERG WAKABAYASHI
June 14, 2018 17:06
(From right) Solly Ganor, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita, wife Pola Ganor, Japan intercultural exch

(From right) Solly Ganor, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita, wife Pola Ganor, Japan intercultural exchange adviser Yosef Krichely and Dr. Les Glassman. (photo credit: LES GLASSMAN)

 
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Les Glassman, my dentist, is at the steering wheel, as we drive to meet Solly Ganor at his home in Ramat Hasharon. Glassman never tires of the hour-long trip from Jerusalem to see his hero.

When he heard I had spent 30 years living in Japan, he insisted I must meet him. As if I didn’t know him. Who in Japan hasn’t heard of Solly Ganor?

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