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Chiune Sugihara. Ali Hall. http://stamp-search.com/images/lib0249sh-sugihara.jpg, December 17, 2009. Diplomat Job Description. Issued visas government documents that allowed people to travel to a country for a period of time.

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chiune sugihara

Chiune Sugihara

Ali Hall

http://stamp-search.com/images/lib0249sh-sugihara.jpg, December 17, 2009.

diplomat job description
Diplomat Job Description
  • Issued visas
    • government documents that allowed people to travel to a country for a period of time

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~szwetch/Stamps.of.Israel/sugihara.gif, January 3, 2010.

the two choices of a diplomat during holocaust
The Two Choices of a Diplomat during Holocaust
  • Follow the rules of their government by not allowing the Jewish people to get a visa
    • These diplomats were scared for their own life
  • Follow their heart and illegally sign the visas for the Jewish people
    • These diplomats knew they could be fired from their job, their families and themselves could be killed by the Nazis

http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/deuteronomy/nazis.jpg, December 17, 2009.

http://comps.fotosearch.com/comp/IMZ/IMZ001/sign-dotted-line_~cfr0047.jpg, January 3, 2010.

jews wanted visas to leave hitler s europe
Jews wanted visas to leave Hitler’s Europe…

To avoid ghettos and concentration camps in Germany and other Germany occupied countries

chinune sugihara
Chinune Sugihara
  • A Japanese man who would legally/illegally issue visas to Jews in Lithuania
    • Located in central Europe
  • Initially sent to work in Lithuania to watch where the Soviet and German armies were moving
  • He was allowed to issue visas to his homeland of Japan

http://renginys.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/lithuania-vilnius map.jpg, December 17, 2009.

jews came to sugihara
Jews Came to Sugihara
  • After Soviet Army took over Lithuania and they wanted to escape
  • The Jews had heard Sugihara would try to issue them a visa
  • Sugihara had to make a big decision… to issue the visas or to not issue the visas

http://www.teamrenzan.com/archives/writer/omnibus/sugihara.jpg, January 3, 2010.

will tomorrow be too late
Will tomorrow be too late???
  • Sugihara knew he had to hurry and issue visas, the Jews were disappearing daily
  • The Japanese government had directly told him not to issue any more visas to Jews because they would be an economic hardship once in Japan
  • He must issue the visas to the Jews so they could leave as soon as possible on a train
i may have disobeyed my government but if i didn t i would be disobeying god visas for life
“I may have disobeyed my government, but if I didn’t, I would be disobeying God” (Visas for Life).
sugihara was persuaded by the jews to save them
Sugihara was persuaded by the Jews to save them
  • For twenty-nine days, he illegally hand wrote visas
  • Became obsessed with writing the visas
  • Spent 18-20 hours EVERYDAY working on the visas

http://news.webshots.com/photo/1094476426050164947gZRoBf, December 17, 2009.

leaving lithuania for berlin
Leaving Lithuania for Berlin
  • Sugihara was ordered to leave Lithuania
  • He had a reassignment in Berlin, Germany
  • Jews still followed him once he left his house begging for visas
  • He signed visas from the train window when it was moving!
  • Sugihara gave a Jewish man the Japanese stamp to illegally sign more visas

http://www.kimonobox.com/wp-content/uploads /2009/06/house.jpg, January 3, 2010.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/train%20tracks/Iloveradius/Train_tracks.jpg, January 3, 2010.

sugihara returned to japan in 1947
Sugihara Returned to Japan in 1947
  • Resigned from Foreign Services
  • He had many jobs before becoming the Moscow representative of a Japanese trading company
  • In 1985, Sugihara received the honorable title of “Righteous Among the Nations”, Israel’s highest honor
  • Sugihara died in 1986
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