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By issuing visas against the orders of his superiors, Chiune Sugihara, A Japanese consul in Lithuania saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II. This book recounts one of the largest rescues of Jews during the Holocaust....

Title : A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust
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ISBN : 9780590395250
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust Reviews

  • Lesley
    2018-10-25 15:02

    I had never heard of this man until recently and when I learned through a facebook friend that there was a book, I put a hold on it at the library to learn more about him.This is a book I believe written for a younger audience older children/teenagers level but it shows character and humanity at its best. There is a quote in the book, "I didn't do anything special...I made my own decisions, that's all. I followed my own conscience and listened to it." He did do something special for all the people he saved, and he risked and lost his job by doing the right moral thing not the right ordered thing!I also like how the book gave some back story to some of the lives of people he saved. Glad he was honored and recognized for his act by the Sugihari survivors and by Jerusalem!

  • Melanie
    2018-10-24 13:50

    Sugihara has been one of my heroes for a long time. This book, aimed at children, tells the story of the Japanese diplomat who risked his job and his family's lives to save the lives of 6,000 Jews. Against the orders of the Japanese government, Sugihara issues thousands of visas to Jews in Lithuania. It's an amazing story that not many people know. It is estimated that 40,000 people are alive today because of what Sugihara did. This book also follows two children who received visas from Sugihara and what happened to them. It's a good, fast read that I recommend to people who like to see what can happen when one good man stands up and does what is right.

  • Marcus Cestone
    2018-10-29 19:11

    I was unfamiliar with the many people who helped Jews escape Hitler's death camps. Sugihara should be in our history books. He put his life and his family's lives on the line in order to save thousands.Amazing that a Japanese citizen at war with the west had compassion for people whose traditions,language, and religion were so opposite from his own upbringing.The book is very engaging, not at all like the dry lists of dates that typically pass for history. I usually don't find history books enjoyable, but I enjoyed this one and learned a lot, not only about how Sugihara's visas saved so many people, but also a bit about Japanese culture.

  • Don
    2018-11-15 15:56

    First time I've learned Chiune was via Wikipedia while searching for Nazi atrocities. Fortunately, Chiune Sughara name was mentioned in the article. I didn't realize there were good Japanese people who were willing to risk their career or life to help desperate people in needs. I was impressed and humbled by Shiune's action during this period.

  • Betsy
    2018-11-15 10:52

    very good book for young readers. Topic is well researched and well told.

  • Tyler B
    2018-10-24 15:59

    Tyler babbelMrs. wyckhuyse A1    274 Pages05 march 2017 Book Report #6 A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara, hero of the Holocaust, This book about the holocaust was extremely  inspiring,  It showed me that no matter what you should always do the right. The best part of this book is its Theme they made it a uplifting and shows that it's always good to do the right.  “The train pulls away, hands reaching out the window Passing out visas Hands reaching towards the windows for visas for life --Hope”  Chiune was literally staying up all day and night writing these visas so the Jews would live. Showing that it doesn't matter if have orders to do something bad but just do what you think is right. Making it very inspiring and motivates you to try doing the right. The character growth is also a great literary element showed in this book. "I did not pay any attention and just acted according to my sense of human justice, out of love for mankind”He came to realize that he didn't have to follow the orders he was told that when you feel it's right you go with it. Well before he was just ignoring them for a while till you couldn't hold it anymore and started helping them.

  • Susan
    2018-11-13 11:53

    I find myself needing to read more and more books with purpose. This is a fabulous Juvenile non-fiction piece about someone during WWII who follows his principles, even knowing the potential cost. The detail was amazing, the story as moving as ever with Nazi/Jewish stories. It was very nice to have real photographs to peruse as the story unfolded. The end was also quite satisfying or perhaps, rather, a relief after all the suffering.

  • David Marcos
    2018-10-29 11:01

    What does an Ashkenazi jew and a Japanese dignatary have in common? Today I found this book while looking through old things, it really brought me back, such an incredible story. The story of a man who left behind everything for justice. To help and save people who had nothing in common with him. Remarkable!

  • Leah Coffin
    2018-10-18 16:10

    "He who saves one life saves the world entire." This man saved approximately six times as many Jews as Oskar Schindler, and risked his own livelihood and that of his family in the process. Truly one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

  • Cynthia Bower
    2018-10-23 14:59

    I read this around 2005 maybe. It was in our kids bookshelf. What an amazing true story of courage and love of fellow man as a Japanese diplomat in Europe during WWII who risked his own life and his family's lives to help Jewish refugees flee from their oppressors.

  • Pat
    2018-11-18 13:16

    A relatively unknown hero, Mr Sugihara, st great personal risk chose honor and courage. He illegally issued 6000 visas for Japan to Jews trying to escape Lithuania. There are40000 people alive today due to his heroic actions.

  • Kim
    2018-10-22 13:02

    Shiguro, a Japanese diplomat during WWII, saved hundreds of Jewish Europeans destined for concentrations camps.

  • VaughanPL
    2018-11-16 13:13

    Click here to find it in the catalogue.

  • Mark
    2018-11-03 12:55

    Fascinating true story... pedestrian YA biography prose. Wish I knew of a better book on the subject.

  • Nora
    2018-10-26 11:08

    He was an amazing, brave man whose story is inspiring. I will look for more on him.

  • L Frost
    2018-10-22 12:16

    Another incredible but little known story about WWII. This is the story of a brace, selfless Japanese official and the thousands of Jewish lives he saved. The book is written for children so it is fairly simple and not overly detailed. But it is enough to provide a solid story and image of this man and his actions. There are no sexual or language issues. Some of the descriptions may be too much for younger readers, but this is probably okay for 5th grade and up. Of specific interest to me were some of the ideas and philosophies taught to Japanese students. The book says Japanese children were taught not to be a burden to others, to take care of others, and to not expect rewards for your goodness. A selfless approach to life that also carries a strong sense of obligation as well. Makes me wonder if more teaching like that in Western schools today would be beneficial and could help turn the tide of issues we are facing.