Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara

Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara and his wife Yukiko spent 18 – 20 hours a day writing and signing transit visas for over 6,000 Jews from July 31 to August 28, 1940. When the time came for them to depart, Sugihara said, “Please forgive me. I cannot write anymore. I wish you the best.”

Sugihara and his wife are responsible for saving the lives of thousands of Jews, with an estimated 100,000+ descendants. On October 4, 1984, Yad Vashem recognized Chiune Sugihara as Righteous Among the Nations.