Chiune Sugihara saved the lives of thousands of Jews

Chiune Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara:


The Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara worked in Lithuania during the Second World War. When he learned of the threat to the Jews, he acted arbitrarily - and issued visas for the departure to Japan. His involvement had consequences.

Oskar Schindler has become a symbol in Germany - for courage, for entrepreneurial resistance to the Nazi regime. He and his wife saved about 1,200 Jewish forced labourers employed by him from death at the extermination camp.

What is known to only a few Europeans: Japan also has an "Oskar Schindler".
His name was Chinue Sugihara and saved more than 6,000 Jews during the Second World War. Today, Google devotes an international doodle to him.

The Google logo shows a passport with several colourful stamps. A large stamp bears Sugihara's face, the small symbolize the many people who saved Sugihara.

The Japanese, unlike Schindler, was not a businessman but a diplomat. At the time of the Second World War, he worked in Lithuania, wherein 1940 he began to issue his own visa to Jews for emigration to Japan.

He saved more than 6000 people from death. Only his wife was initiated. Sugihara acted contrary to the official information and awarded more visa per day than usual in a whole month.

He worked tirelessly, up to 20 hours a day. Not only did Sugihara act covertly, but he also made an official stand for the salvation of the Jews: he suggested to the Soviet People's Commissar for Foreign Relations that he send the Jewish visa applicants to the Pacific on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then travel on to Japan allow.

This was implemented, thousands of Jews were able to travel to Japan and partly from there to the United States.

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