Chiune Sugihara, during a time of upheaval and chaos, stood out for his kindness and bravery when he saved countless lives during WWII. Known as the “Japanese Schindler,” Sugihara was a diplomat in Lithuania, who, through the power of his pen, was able to save at least 6000 Jews from the Nazis by issuing over 2,000 visas in less than a month. These visas allowed the Jews to gain permission to travel across Russia and reach Japan where they would later migrate to other countries, including the United States, and escape the brutality of Hitler and his Nazis. Sugihara risked his career and his life to issue visas to all Jews, not only those who had the necessary paper work and money to complete the visas (as ordered by the Japanese government).
Sugihara died on July 31, 1986, at the age of 86, but his legacy lives on in the lives of the over 100,000 descendents of the Jews that he saved many years ago. He has shown the world the power of action and that one person can save the lives of many.
Chiune Sugihara's self sacrifice, compassion, integrity, and courage are characteristics embodied in the Seevak Competition, and for these reasons, we are honored to dedicate our site to this wonderful man.