View Full Version : Chiune Sugihara Japanese Diplomat, saved over 6000 Jews.
03-08-2014, 07:42 PM
I thought some in here may appreciate this mans story of bravery that many are unaware of.
Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.
03-08-2014, 09:04 PM
A few years ago, a local rabbi gave a talk at our community college, about how his parents were among those who were given visas by Sugihara and were able to escape the Nazis.
Also, there is a very beautifully illustrated children's book ("Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story," by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee) on Sugihara. I once bought a copy for a Japanese friend who had heard of Sugihara but did not know the details of his accomplishments.
It's sad that Sugihara's career was ruined as a result of his actions and he was treated as something of a pariah by the Japanese government until quite late in his life.
Here's a link to the children's book, which you might enjoy reading (and looking at the drawings):
My father ended up in Shanghai after the war (yes, the US Army was in China) and met some of the Jews who were saved by Sugihara and ended up waiting out the war in Shanghai. One of them had a camera shop, and that's where my dad really got started with photography. I still have his negatives from his time as a soldier in Shanghai after the war.
03-12-2014, 07:07 PM
My student had an exchange student come to give Aikido a quick try. He is from the same hometown as Sugiharasan. His high school sends students over to tour the Holocaust museum so that they can see first hand the impact of this couragous act.
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