received the instructions from my central government, I thought
seriously upon them all night. It was the last resolution with
all my strength.
I thought if I let people know the instructions literally and
carried out as they were, I would be loved by the ministry as
I was submissive.
Suppose the person concerned who wasn't I, but someone else,
would surely choose a way of rejecting for issuing the visas
as the instructions from Tokyo indicated.
Infringement upon the ordinance pertaining to the status of
civil officials meant blocking the way of promotion or even
To tell the truth, having the instructions, I though of them
over and over again though the night.
I finally concluded that humanity must come to the first place
more than anything else after completing the more of my pain
Now I myself have a firm belief that I could carry out the work
faithfully at the cost of my position without any fear".
By Chiune Sugihara
from "Decision, Visas for Life", 1983
Copyright (C) The Chiune Sugihara
Centennial Celebration Committee 2000, all rights reserved.