Who was Chiune Sugihara, and how did he save thousands of lives during the Second World War?  

Answer: He was a Japanese diplomat, working at the consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania. He contravened his government’s orders and issued visas that allowed 6,000 Jews to escape from Nazi territories via Japan. Even when the Japanese closed the consulate, he continued to issue visas until the last minute. As Sugihara’s train was about to leave the city, he processed visas from his open window.  

Source: A Special Fate by Alison Leslie Gold

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