This is the true story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania who risked his life and career to save thousands of Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during the World War II.After the Germans invaded and conquered Poland, tens of thousands of Polish Jews fled to Lithuania to escape the horrors of the Holocaust. Now, the Germans were on the border of Lithuania and Sugihara had no doubt that soon the Germans would attack this small Baltic country. Jews rushed from consulate to consulate-no one, including America, would issue them visas.Working day and night, Sugihara issued, against his government's orders, thousands of visas and convinced the Soviets to permit these Jews to travel across Russia to Japan.A titanic struggle ensued between the pro-American and pro-German factions of the Japanese Foreign Ministry and military. The story examines the conflicted thinking of the Japanese officials, torn between pleasing their German ally by not admitting Jews into Japan and their gratefulness to the Jews for saving Japan in the Russo-Japanese war. The book delves into this little-known but exciting history that resulted in protection of the Jews by the Japanese against the Germans.
About the Author
Mr. Steinhouse was Vice Chairman of the Antitrust Law Section of the American Bar Association, on the editorial boards of the Bureau of National Affairs’ (BNA) RICO REPORTER (which reports on and analyzes recent RICO court decisions) and the BNA’s ANTITRUST REPORTS (which does the same for antitrust criminal and civil court decisions). He also wrote and edited books on grand jury practice, criminal trial practice, criminal jury instructions and model criminal jury instructions, among other topics.
At the time of the crisis for Soviet Jewry, he was active on an international level for the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, making several trips to Jerusalem and Helsinki on fact-finding missions and to the Soviet Union to aid Refusniks (those Jews the Soviets refused to let emigrate). A board member of the Cleveland Anti-Defamation League until 1999 and formerly on ADL’s National Legal Affairs and National Fact Finding Committees, he remains active in ADL matters, including monitoring activities of hate groups.
Mr. Steinhouse, who had family in German-occupied territory during World War II, and had been personally affected by the Holocaust, became interested in research on the rescuers of Jews, sparked first by a visit to Budapest where he spoke with survivors of the Holocaust who related stories of how they were saved by the brave and fantastic actions of Raoul Wallenberg in an adventure rivaling those in the imagination of any fiction writer. This resulted in five published five books on heroes of the Holocaust in his Holocaust series: Wallenberg is Here!, Righteous and Courageous, Improbable Heroes, Barred, Wily Fox and We Shall Be Called Israel. The books received rave reviews from Holocaust scholars and authors.