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Madoka Nakamura & Mari Sugihara (left) standing by the tree honoring their grandfather Righteous Among the Nations from Japan Chiune-Sempo Sugihara. 16/12/12 In November 1939, Chiune-Sempo Sugihara, a Japanese career diplomat, was sent to Kovno (Kaunas), then the capital of Lithuania, to serve as Japan's Consul. The visas granted by Sugihara saved Jews from the hands of the Nazis, who invaded Lithuania in June 1941.
Chiune Sugihara | Jewish Virtual Library - Chiune Sugihara, and his wife Yukiko, are honored as "Righteous Gentiles" for their efforts in saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
Chiune Sempo Sugihara, Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who saved 6,000 Jews. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18-20 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.
Chiune Sugihara chose to disobey the government and exercise his full power as Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania by issuing handwritten visas to many Jews, regardless of origin or race. It was said that he even wrote visas while traveling around the country via train, throwing them out of the windows. He was able to help over 6,000 Jews because of his selfless endeavor
Anton Schmid (January 9, 1900 – April 13, 1942) was a German sergeant (feldwebel) who, during World War II in Vilnius, Lithuania, was executed by his superiors for helping 250 Jewish men, women, and children escape from extermination by the Nazi SS during the European Jewish Holocaust.