Chiune (‘Senpo’) Sugihara

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Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) was a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania who granted transit visas to several thousand Jews in the early days of the war.

In league with Jan Zwartendijk, a Dutch consul in Lithuania, Sugihara worked nonstop on visas for Jews in the months until the USSR annexed Lithuania in August 1940 and he was forced to leave the country. He issued thousands of documents and continued to slip blank visas out of the window of his train as it pulled away, according to accounts of his departure.

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