Israel honors Japan’s ‘Schindler’ who saved thousands of Jews in WWII

Israel on Tuesday honored Japan’s "Schindler" by naming a street after the Japanese diplomat who issued thousands of exit visas to desperate European Jews, against his government’s orders.

Chiune Sugihara helped about 6,000 Jews escape war-torn Lithuania, the advancing Nazis and an almost certain death with his actions during World War Two.

Sugihara began issuing the visas in late July 1940, writing them day and night until he closed the consulate about a month later. Even as he left, he was writing visas and handing them out the window as his train pulled away, bowing and apologizing to those who still remained on the platform.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-honors-Japans-Schindler-who-saved-thousands-of-Jews-in-WWII-456199

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