During the Second World War he saved as a diplomat more than 6000 Jews the life. Later he went down in history as a “Japanese Schindler”. Now Google is reminding us of Chiune Sugihara Today.
Again and again, Google surprises its users with so-called Google Doodles. The Internet company wants to remind of big personalities or special events. On July 29, the company honors a man who wrote history as a “Japanese Schindler” during the Second World War: Chiune Sugihara.
Two days before his death, Google’s passport has a passport showing Chiune Sugihara’s face. Below are numerous stamps in human form. These are perhaps to remember the many lives that saved the Japanese in the Second World War.
At the lower right edge of the picture is still the lettering “Lithuania”. There Chiune Sugihara worked from 1936 as Vice Consul of the Japanese Consulate – and issued from July 29, 1940, more than 6,000 Jews a visa free of charge to allow them to leave. He probably saved his life for many.
Late recognition in his homeland: Chiune Sugihara Today
On his return to Japan in 1947 Chiune Sugihara was initially not celebrated. Because he had deliberately disobeyed orders, he was suspended by the Foreign Office. Nearly five decades and numerous awards of the land of Israel later, he also got the recognition he deserved in his homeland.
How many people he actually saved from death is unclear. At first there were more than 6,000 Jews. An American researcher corrected “Chiune Sugihara’s list” but up. Accordingly, it was even more than 7500. Chiune Sugihara died on July 31, 1986 at the age of 86 years in Japan.
The name “Japanese Schindler” was given to him in the style of Oskar Schindler. The German entrepreneur saved about 1,200 Jews during the Second World War. Together with his wife, he risked not only his entire fortune, but also his own life.
Chiune Sugihara saved the lives of thousands of Jews:
The Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara worked in Lithuania during the Second World War. When he learned of the threat to the Jews, he acted arbitrarily – and issued visas for the departure to Japan. His involvement had consequences.
Oskar Schindler has become a symbol in Germany – for courage, for entrepreneurial resistance to the Nazi regime. He and his wife saved about 1,200 Jewish forced laborers employed by him from death at the extermination camp. What is known to only a few Europeans: Japan also has an “Oskar Schindler”. His name was Chinue Sugihara and saved more than 6,000 Jews during the Second World War. Today, Google devotes an international doodle to him.
The Google logo shows a passport with several colorful stamps. A large stamp bears Sugihara’s face, the small symbolize the many people who saved Sugihara. The Japanese, unlike Schindler, was not a businessman but a diplomat. At the time of the Second World War, he worked in Lithuania, where in 1940 he began to issue his own visa to Jews for emigration to Japan. He saved more than 6000 people from death. Only his wife was initiated.
Sugihara acted contrary to the official information and awarded more visa per day than usual in a whole month. He worked tirelessly, up to 20 hours a day. Not only did Sugihara act covertly, he also made an official stand for the salvation of the Jews: he suggested to the Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Relations that he send the Jewish visa applicants to the Pacific on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then travel on to Japan allow. This was implemented, thousands of Jews were able to travel to Japan and partly from there to the United States.
When the consulate was closed in September 1940 and Sugihara had to leave for Berlin, he is said to have issued visas on the train and thrown them out the window.
After the war, Sugihara and his family were interned for a year and a half in a Russian POW camp. In 1946 they returned to Japan. In 1947, he was released from the diplomatic service – it is not clear if this was also happening because of his actions in Lithuania.
Shortly before his death in 1986, Sugihara was asked how he came to Lithuania to help the Jews. He replied that the refugees were human. And they needed help.