That’s so fucking sweet.
This post implies it didn’t.
Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.
Why can’t we have a movie about him?
He was often called “Sempo”, an alternative reading of the characters of his first name, as that was easier for Westerners to pronounce.
His wife, Yukiko, was also a part of this; she is often credited with suggesting the plan. The Sugihara family was held in a Soviet POW camp for 18 months until the end of the war; within a year of returning home, Sugihara was asked to resign – officially due to downsizing, but most likely because the government disagreed with his actions.
He didn’t simply grant visas – he granted visas against direct orders, after attempting three times to receive permission from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and being turned down each time. He did not “misread” orders; he was in direct violation of them, with the encouragement and support of his wife.
He was honoured as Righteous Among the Nations in 1985, a year before he died in Kamakura; he and his descendants have also been granted permanent Israeli citizenship. He was also posthumously awarded the Life Saving Cross of Lithuania (1993); Commander’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1996); and the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2007). Though not canonized, some Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize him as a saint.
Sugihara was born in Gifu on the first day of 1900, January 1. He achieved top marks in his schooling; his father wanted him to become a physician, but Sugihara wished to pursue learning English. He deliberately failed the exam by writing only his name and then entered Waseda, where he majored in English. He joined the Foreign Ministry after graduation and worked in the Manchurian Foreign Office in Harbin (where he learned Russian and German; he also converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church during this time). He resigned his post in protest over how the Japanese government treated the local Chinese citizens. He eventually married Yukiko Kikuchi, who would suggest and encourage his acts in Lithuania; they had four sons together. Chiune Sugihara passed away July 31, 1986, at the age of 86. Until her own passing in 2008, Yukiko continued as an ambassador of his legacy.
It is estimated that the Sugiharas saved between 6,000-10,000 Lithuanian and Polish Jewish people.
It’s a tragedy that the Sugiharas aren’t household names. They are among the greatest heroes of WWII. Is it because they were from an Axis Power? Is it because they aren’t European? I don’t know. But I’ve decided to always reblog them when they come across my dash. If I had the money, I would finance a movie about them.
He told an interviewer:
You want to know about my motivation, don’t you? Well. It is the kind of sentiments anyone would have when he actually sees refugees face to face, begging with tears in their eyes. He just cannot help but sympathize with them. Among the refugees were the elderly and women. They were so desperate that they went so far as to kiss my shoes, Yes, I actually witnessed such scenes with my own eyes. Also, I felt at that time, that the Japanese government did not have any uniform opinion in Tokyo. Some Japanese military leaders were just scared because of the pressure from the Nazis; while other officials in the Home Ministry were simply ambivalent.
People in Tokyo were not united. I felt it silly to deal with them. So, I made up my mind not to wait for their reply. I knew that somebody would surely complain about me in the future. But, I myself thought this would be the right thing to do. There is nothing wrong in saving many people’s lives….The spirit of humanity, philanthropy…neighborly friendship…with this spirit, I ventured to do what I did, confronting this most difficult situation—and because of this reason, I went ahead with redoubled courage.
He died in nearly complete obscurity in Japan. His neighbors were shocked when people from all over, including Israeli diplomatic personnel, showed up at quiet little Mr. Sugihara’s funeral.
I will forever reblog this, I wish more people would know about them!
I liked this before when it had way less information. Thank you, history-sharers.
Tucked away in a corner in L.A.’s Little Tokyo is a life-sized statue of Chiune, seated on a bench and smiling gently as he holds out a visa.
The stone next to him bears a quote from the Talmud; “He who saves one life, saves the entire world.”
I had no idea it existed until a few weeks ago, but it’s since become one of my favorite pieces of public art.
Chiune Sugihara. Original antifa.
PBS made a documentary about Chiune Sugihara in 2005. If you’re interested in him, it’s definitely worth checking out. (The PBS link above even has some interactive information to go along with the film.) Ask your local library if they have a copy/can order you one from another library. You won’t be disappointed!
i am going to find this and take him a present
always reblog mr sugihara
Government is organised crime
In case anybody doubts this claim
Collins is lashing out at critics who want her to stop Brett Kavanaugh from becoming the next Supreme Court justice — instead of actually taking responsibility for a decision that could set back civil rights in the U.S. by generations.
As the Senate decides whether to confirm Trump’s extremist Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, all eyes are on “moderate” Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who promised in July that she “would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade.”
Now Collins, who claims to be pro-choice and has bucked her own party in the past to support Planned Parenthood and Obamacare, seems poised to do exactly that — by voting to confirm Kavanaugh.
There’s no question that Kavanaugh would support overturning or gutting Roe v. Wade, ending the nationwide right to safe, legal abortion. There’s also a serious risk that his views on basic privacy rights could spell doom for legal birth control or LGBTQ freedoms. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So Collins is making absurd excuses to justify the dangerous and deadly vote she seems willing to cast, by attacking those who want her to vote no.
Collins is smearing a grassroots campaign that is raising funds to oppose her re-election in 2020 in the event that she votes for Kavanaugh, calling legitimate political speech an attempt to bribe her — as if citizens running a transparent crowdfunding effort were more dangerous to democracy than shadowy super PACs pouring millions into pro-Kavanaugh ads.
Collins’ Republican colleagues also accuse her critics of waging a “vulgar” intimidation campaign that Collins must now heroically rise above.
Collins has reportedly received abusive phone calls and correspondence, ranging from curse words to threats of violence. Of course, threats of violence are in no way OK, and are also a crime. But Republican senators seem more interested in clutching their pearls over f-bombs than about protecting women’s safety, whether it’s Collins’ or anyone else’s.
The implication of these responses is sickeningly clear: Collins wants to seem independent, but in the end she will probably decide to be a GOP team player, sell out the pro-choice values she claims to hold, and vote for Kavanaugh.
Some perspective is in order about what this will mean.
The Wall Street Journal defended Collins against alleged incivility by calling the movement to oppose Kavanaugh “undignified” and “embarrassing.”
But you know what’s really “embarrassing”? How about having to talk to your boss about whether you can get birth control through your company’s health plan?
You know what’s really “undignified”?
How about being criminally investigated after having a miscarriage because a prosecutor suspects you might have self-induced an abortion?
How about being forced to continue even a normal, healthy pregnancy against your will, with the inevitable excruciating pain, thousands of dollars, and risk of lifelong medical complications that comes with it?
None of these outcomes are theoretical; they’ve all happened to women in this country in recent years. Without Roe, these nightmares — and worse — will become routine for pregnant Americans.
If Collins is really pro-choice and supports women’s rights, she should be fighting against this with everything she has.
Instead, she seems willing to accept Kavanaugh’s oh-so-carefully parsed confirmation hearing testimony — which often sounded supportive of Roe on the surface, but actually revealed his callous indifference to the blood-and-guts reality of women’s reproductive lives.
Collins seems to want enough plausible deniability about Kavanaugh and reproductive rights that she can justify voting for him now, then claim to have been betrayed and hoodwinked later when he inevitably provides the fifth vote to gut Roe v. Wade.
The real question is, why?
Does Collins just not care that much after all about reproductive freedom? Or is she just naive enough to believe Kavanaugh’s assertion that Roe v. Wade is “settled law,” while ignoring every otherpiece of evidence that he would be perfectly willing to unsettle it?
And if she’s willing to look away from this evidence, what does she hope to gain as a result? Gold stars from the GOP? The soothing belief that the party she has chosen doesn’t really want to take away women’s rights, and that any idea to the contrary is just liberal hysteria? The comforting lie that life is basically fair and that the road to justice for all is perfectly linear, with no crackdowns or setbacks along the way?
Yes, many people are desperately afraid of what will happen if Kavanaugh is nominated. They are panicked, angry, even furious.
And they have every reason to be. All of our bodies, all of our lives, all of our freedoms, are on the line.
Also, I’m in Europe and ngl, had no idea this was even an article up for debate let alone it being fucking passed.
Don’t panic! This was expected at this stage and it is only the beginning. If you are a European and feel passionate about this, please keep on reading and help!
So what has happened so far … the Commission has drafted up a long overdue copyright reform. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/procedure/EN/2016_280 It contains a lot of good, and some bad: mainly Article 11 and 13.
This was put forward as a whole to the European Parlament, where it was voted down on the 5th of July 2018
This meant, this will not go through the fast way, and will be subject to scrutiny and change.
The Commission made some alterations https://eur-lex.europa.eu/procedure/EN/2016_280 and put it forward again. If Parlament would have voted it down again, it probably would have meant back to the drawing board, but most people (including me) agree that Europe does need copyright reform, so on the second vote it passed the first step:
So what happens now?
This will now go into what is called the Trilogue, where Commission, Parlament and representatives of all national governments will sit together to make alterations until everybody is happy implementing the regulation.
This means we can now influence this via our MEPs and our National Government!
In countries that are red your government is likely to support Article 13.
What to do now?
There are a lot of organisations that organise actions against article 13. Check out their websites and get in touch with your MEP or local government and let them know you are unhappy about this.
… and many many more, just google to find one in your country.
Also, as @asthesea-breezehitsmylungs pointed out, a lot of people are not aware of this going on. So make them aware! Share the memes and point them to the petitions. And don’t just complain how shit this is, get in touch with your politicians!
This is so much worse than it was on 5th July X__x Finland, I fucking trusted you…
All of you Americans, we helped you when Net Neutrality was a threat. PLEASE HELP US NOW!! This is way worse than Net Neutrality!
We are multiple generations now with no experience with strikes, and I see a lot of confused, well meaning people who want to help but don’t know strike etiquette.
1. Never cross a picket line of striking workers.
2. Never purchase or take free goods from a company who’s workers are striking
3. Honk to support strikers if you drive by a picket line.
4. Join strikers on the picket line even if it’s not your strike, but follow their directions and defer to them while there.
5. Say “that’s great, the strike is working, the company should negotiate with their workers” whenever someone complains about profits lost, inconveniences or other worker-phobic rhetoric. Always turn it back on the company, who has all the power and money.
My amusement over the same sex marriage debate has steadily ebbed with each fucked up thinkpiece I see on the subject and I am now suffering from a severe deficit of chill.
The opposition appears to be focusing on six main issues:
1. Freedom of speech! (I must be allowed to censor gay kissing)
2. Freedom of religion! (My religious school must be allowed to discriminate even if it takes public money)
3. Parents’ rights! (I must be allowed to abuse my gay children)
4. Protect the family! (Gay people must not be allowed to have families)
5. History! (We used to discriminate and why quit when you’re ahead)
6. Tone! (Why are you so rude about me discriminating against you?)
If these arguments are taken literally they would appear to endorse the most heinous shit you can imagine, and since they insist they aren’t homophobic at all and only stand on principle, presumably they would back me up on this.
The same arguments could justify virulent sectarianism and all kinds of discriminatory measures, many of which have historical precedent, and minority religious groups that buy into them should be very careful, I think.
“Next Tuesday, McDonald’s workers at restaurants in 10 cities will walk off the job at lunch, waging the first-ever nationwide strike to combat sexual harassment.”
NEXT TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18th – SUPPORT THE STRIKE!!!