Written for youngsters, ages 6 and up.
A portrait of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, explains how he used his powers -- against the orders of his own government -- to assist thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust, actions that resulted in the imprisonment and disgrace of his entire family."
"If you save the life of one person, it is as if you saved the world entire." This was the exact sentiment of the Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, and his family in Lithuania in 1941. Contrary to government orders, he issued thousands of visas to Polish Jews who became Sugihara survivors and kept their worn pieces of freedom papers as family treasures. For his selfless acts of kindness, Sugihara received the "Righteous Among the Nations" Award and in Yaotsu, Japan, the Hill of Humanity is named in his honor.
The Sugihara story is brief and concise, but strong and emotional. It is a story of strong belief in doing what is compassionate and right regardless of the consequences.