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Mary Ann Castle

Visas for Life

August 1940
Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara
disregards government dictates,
            jeopardizes family
                        issues visas, documents
 6,000 Jewish people saved from sure death

An ordinary man
extraordinary courage, 
Japanese Consul to Romania
touched by the experience of being alive
with its stunning pain and horror,
recognizes a metaphysical truth
that he and the other are the same.

The Young Shakuhachi Master in America

Restrained moments of beauty
Like nightfall
Pure sound
Penetrates deep

Mary Ann Castle was trained as a social anthropologist. For many years, she has worked to advance the health and social equity of disadvantaged and marginalized people in the U.S., Africa and India.