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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 governments 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 Tokyos 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 ManchuriaJewish Virtual library However he didnt agree with his governments 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 Soviet Union took control of Lithuania and ordered all consulates to close It was there that Saguhari was faced with the biggest dilemma of
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