This Day in Jewish History 1986: Japanese Hero Who Saved 6,000 Jews From the Holocaust Dies

Chiune Sugihara, a government official of samurai heritage, put aside career, family and reputation to do the right thing, which was to issue transit visas to Jews fleeing the Nazis.

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On July 31, 1986, Chiune Sugihara, the former Japanese diplomat who over the course of one month in 1940 issued enough transit visas to allow some 6,000 Jews to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, died, at age...