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Israel Honors "Japanese Schindler" Who Saved Thousands of Jews in WWII

Chiune Sugihara - Japan's Schindler - at the Dead Sea in Israel (Photo: wikicommons/Highestever)

This week's Advocate and Ally of the Jewish people has been called the "Japanese Schindler" because of his actions during the Holocaust. The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel has honored Chiune Sugihara, who helped save 6,000 Jews from the Nazis:

Israel on Tuesday honored Japan's "Schindler" by naming a street after the Japanese diplomat who issued thousands of exit visas to desperate European Jews, against his government's orders.

Chiune Sugihara helped about 6,000 Jews escape war-torn Lithuania, the advancing Nazis and an almost certain death with his actions during World War Two.

Sugihara began issuing the visas in late July 1940, writing them day and night until he closed the consulate about a month later. Even as he left, he was writing visas and handing them out the window as his train pulled away, bowing and apologizing to those who still remained on the platform.

Within a year, almost all the Jews in Lithuania had been killed...

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