It is estimated that of the 6,000 Jews saved by Sugihara, there are now approximately 40,000 descendants, which include Kristina's husband and three children.  In 1984 Yad Vashem honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.


Project's Global Lead Commissioner

Chiune Sugihara (left) and Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Shamir (right)

“I just did what we as human beings should do. One of my best teachers, in Harbin, once told me: You do the right thing because it is the right thing. Not for gain. Not for recognition. Just because it is the right thing. The refugees were people who needed my help. I could give help to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.”