Two stories of the Japanese who saved the lives of Jewish refugees from the Nazis


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Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Lithuania.
During World War II, he helped 6,000 Jews to leave the country by issuing transit visas so that they could travel to Japanese territory, risking his career and his family’s lives.
The Jews who escaped were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland or Russian-occupied Eastern Poland as well as residents of Lithuania.
In 1985, Israel named him to the Righteous Among The Nations for his actions, the only Japanese national to be so honored.

Chiune Sugihara remembered by Jewish Survivors:

Second story:

The year 1938.
In the extreme cold of temperatures below 20 degrees, many Jewish refugees fleeing from Nazi persecution were held up in Otopol at the Soviet border of Manchuria.
While the Manchukuo Foreign Ministry Immigration Office refused to grant them visas due to the watchfulness of their German allies, the Harbin secret military chief at that time, Major General Kiichiro Higuchi, saved the lives of those Jewish refugees on the verge of freezing to death, estimated to be up to twenty thousand.
He rightfully declared to the Chief of Staff of the Kantou Army, Major General Hideki Tojo: “Japan is not a vassal state of Nazi Germany. Is it truly correct for us to carry Hitler’s stick to make misery on unwanted people?”
It would be two years until Chiune Sugihara was appointed as Lithuanian Consulate in Kaunas and issued “Visas for Life”.

The miracle of General Kiichiro Higuchi:

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