Sugihara and His Heroic Actions
There are many lessons to be learned from Sugihara, among them that not always are the apparent right thing the correct thing to do. Of the many extant heroes, Sugihara is one of the great ones because he risked his life to help others for no reward. He only did what he felt was the right thing to do. Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese consul who risked his life while saving six thousand Jews from the terrorism of the Nazis, by issuing visas against the government's will.
Chiune Sugihara led a courageous life from the start .He was born on January 1, 1900, in Yaotso, Gifu Pref., and died on July 31, 1986. He graduated from high school with top marks and was greatly encouraged by his father to become a medical doctor. However, Chiune dreamed about studying literature and living out of the country.
Sugihara went to Tokyo's prominent Waseda University to study English. By working part-time as a longshoreman and tutor, he was able to pay for his own education. He went to the Japanese language institute in Harbin, China, where he studied Russian and graduated with honors. He also converted to Greek Orthodox Christianity and married a Caucasian woman. "He then served with the Japanese-controlled government in Manchuria, in northeastern China. He was later promoted to Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs Department. He was soon in line to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Manchuria."(Jewish Virtual library) However he didn't agree with his government's policy and the brutal management of the Chinese bothered Sugihara. Therefore in 1934, out of protest, he resigned. At the beginning of the war in 1939 the Japanese government sent Sugihara to open a one-man consulate in Lithuania. Six months later as war broke, out the...