A Special Fate Booktalk
Can one very good person offset one very evil one? Chiune Sugihara — the man who later became known as the "Japanese Schindler" — didn't know if his actions could offset Hitler's, but he knew he had to try.
When he was nineteen, Chiune Sugihara took the first step on the path that was to lead him to that destiny. Defying his father, who wanted him to be a doctor, Chiune decided to go into the Foreign Ministry. He won a scholarship to study Russian at a university in China. Harbin was a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, and Chiune met not only Chinese and Russians, but also many Europeans, among them Jews, trying to get to America through Russia and China. He didn't know it yet, but in meeting and getting to know some of those Jews, Chiune had taken several more steps down the path toward his special fate, his destiny.
Hitler had begun his rise to power and his planned extermination of the Jews. Many of them, fleeing the Nazis, came through Lithuania. Their fates were in the hands of Chiune Sugihara.
Booktalk by Joni R. Bodart.