The Unsung Hero Who Risked His Life To Save 6,000 Jews During The Holocaust
December 16, 2014
Here's a story about an unsung hero you have probably never heard about.
Chiune Sugihara - a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania - was single-handedly responsible for saving the lives of 6,000 Jews during the Holocaust.
Sugihara risked his life by issuing unlawful travel visas that allowed 6,000 Jews to escape Nazi-occupied territories via Japan.
He hand-wrote them for 18 hours a day. On the day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was still writing visas and throwing them from the train as he pulled away.
The world did not know what he had done until 1985, the year before he died, when Israel named Sugihara "Righteous Among the Nations" - a title given to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
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