apismel1fera grrlpup antifainternational mousezilla rhube fahrlight westsemiteblues returnofthejudai robowolves bemusedlybespectacled gdfalksen 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 Why can’t we have a movie about him? He was often called “Sempo” an alternative reading of the characters of his first name as that was easier for Westerners to pronounce His wife Yukiko was also a part of this she is often credited with suggesting the plan The Sugihara family was held in a Soviet POW camp for 18 months until the end of the war within a year of returning home Sugihara was asked to resign - officially due to downsizing but most likely because the government disagreed with his actions He didn’t simply grant visas - he granted visas against direct orders after attempting three times to receive permission from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and being turned down each time He did not “misread” orders he was in direct violation of them with the encouragement and support of his wife He was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations in 1985 a year before he died in Kamakura he and his descendants have also been granted permanent Israeli citizenship He was also posthumously awarded the Life Saving Cross of Lithuania 1993 Commander’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 1996 and the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta 2007 Though not canonized some Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize him as a saint Sugihara was born in Gifu on the first day of 1900 January 1 He achieved top marks in his schooling his father wanted him to become a physician but Sugihara wished to pursue learning English He deliberately failed the exam by writing only his name and then entered Waseda where he majored in English He joined the Foreign Ministry after graduation and worked in the Manchurian Foreign Office in Harbin where he learned Russian and German he also converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church during this time He resigned his post in protest over how the Japanese government treated the local Chinese citizens He eventually married Yukiko Kikuchi who would suggest and encourage his acts in Lithuania they had four sons together Chiune Sugihara passed away July 31 1986 at the age of 86 Until her own passing in 2008 Yukiko continued as an ambassador of his legacy It is estimated that the Sugiharas saved between 6000-10000 Lithuanian and Polish Jewish people It’s a tragedy that the Sugiharas aren’t household names They are among the greatest heroes of WWII Is it because they were from an Axis Power? Is it because they aren’t European? I don’t know But I’ve decided to always reblog them when they come across my dash If I had the money I would finance a movie about them He told an interviewer You want to know about my motivation don’t you? Well It is the kind of sentiments anyone would have when he actually sees refugees face to face begging with tears in their eyes He just cannot help but sympathize with them Among the refugees were the elderly and women They were so desperate that they went so far as to kiss my shoes Yes I actually witnessed such scenes with my own eyes Also I felt at that time that the Japanese government did not have any uniform opinion in Tokyo Some Japanese military leaders were just scared because of the pressure from the Nazis while other officials in the Home Ministry were simply ambivalent People in Tokyo were not united I felt it silly to deal with them So I made up my mind not to wait for their reply I knew that somebody would surely complain about me in the future But I myself thought this would be the right thing to do There is nothing wrong in saving many people’s lives…The spirit of humanity philanthropy…neighborly friendship…with this spirit I ventured to do what I did confronting this most difficult situation—and because of this reason I went ahead with redoubled courage He died in nearly complete obscurity in Japan His neighbors were shocked when people from all over including Israeli diplomatic personnel showed up at quiet little Mr Sugihara’s funeral I will forever reblog this I wish more people would know about them! I liked this before when it had way less information Thank you history-sharers Tucked away in a corner in LA’s Little Tokyo is a life-sized statue of Chiune seated on a bench and smiling gently as he holds out a visa The stone next to him bears a quote from the Talmud “He who saves one life saves the entire world” I had no idea it existed until a few weeks ago but it’s since become one of my favorite pieces of public art Chiune Sugihara Original antifa always reblog Chiune Sugihara I have his picture over my desk at work to remind me what’s important heroic Meme
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