Chiune Sugihara var japansk konsul i Litauen under andra världskriget. I en artikel i The Guardian kan man läsa om hur han räddade livet på uppskattningsvis 6 000 judar.
”Sugihara sought instructions from his foreign ministry in Tokyo. He was told not to issue visas to anyone without proper papers, ruling out almost everyone in the queue. Making another request to Tokyo, he was told not to ask again. He decided to issue visas anyway. Over six weeks in July and August, he worked 18-hour days, eventually writing out by hand 2,139 transit visas – a record only discovered years later in the archives of Japan’s foreign ministry.”