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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450205798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450205795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,343,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul K. Maruyama, Lt. Col., USAF (Retired), was born in Tokyo in 1941. Trapped with his family in Manchuria when WWII ended, he and his family were not repatriated to Japan until January, 1947. He teaches Japanese at Colorado College and lives with his wife, LaRae, in Monument, Colorado.

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Well worth reading especially by WWII history buffs.
Joseph Wargo
It is very evident the author, Paul Maruyama, researched in depth the factual events along with all the translations of numerous books and documents.
Irene Lambert
He was very emotional in telling us the story of the life of his father and what he went threw.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerry R. Hays on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a powerful book that details the factual story of three men who were responsible for the rescue of 1.7 Million Japanese Civilians trapped in Soviet-occupied Manchuria following the end of World War II.

The author, Paul K. Maruyama, son of one of the three men who were involved in the rescue, did an outstanding job in researching and writing this book. His research of hundreds of Japanese and English documents came through in this book.

He did a masterful job in explaining the ups and downs and the very arduous risks that were taken by these three men, from 1945 to 1947. He was also able to provide how harsh the treatment that the Japanese Civilians endured during this period.

This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the treatment of Japanese Civilians by the Soviet Army and innocent civilians caught in war zones.

This book is highly recommended.

Jerry Hays
26 Year Retired Navy Veteran
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell C. Coile on May 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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Escape from Manchuria, -The Rescue of 1.7 Million Japanese Civilians Trapped in Soviet -occupied Manchuria Following the End of World War II
Paul K. Maruyama, 2010, iUniverse, 436 pages, $37.95, ISBN: 978-1-4502-0579

The Soviet Union jnvaded Japanese controlled northern China then called Manchuria on August 8, 1945 with 1,5 Million men and 3,704 tanks. After the August 6 Atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the August 9 atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan agreed to unconditional surender on August 15, 1945.Under the Soviet control more than 2000 of the 1.7 Million Japanese civilians died daily from starvation, cold, and diseases.

Three Japanese men embarked on a secret mission to escape to Japan to ask General Douglas MacArthur the Supreme Commander of the eleven nation allied powers administering post war Japan to send ships to Manchuria to repatriate the civilians... The leader was Kunio Maruyama who had studied in the United States at the University of Puget Sound, Georg Washington University and Columbia University. He married Mary Mariko,a Japanese woman classmate in SeattleThey had four sons and two daughters. This book was written by son Paul to record for the world the details of hid father's incredible task of rescuing the 1.7 Million Japanese civilians from Soviet controlled Manchuria and returning them to Japan.

Escape from Manchuria describes the key roles played by General Douglas MacArthur and of the Catholic Church in Port Arthur where the nuns and priests of the Maryknoll order shelered Kunio'S wife and children.

The actual secret escape of the men through Manchuria evading Soviet military units, the Communist Chinese 8th Route Army under Mai Zedong , and Chiang Kai-sheks Nationalist Army is a thrilling nerve wrackting event.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Fainberg on May 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Not too many people know of this story of Japanese civilians, stranded in Manchuria at the end of the Second World War. In fact, the story is not so widely known, even in Japan. There were nearly two million of them, left to the mercy of the dregs of the Soviet Army, who were assigned the relatively easy task of occupying Japanese-held territory after Hiroshima. To complicate matters further, the region quickly became a major battlefield of the ongoing civil war betwen Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist forces and the Red Army. In 1945-1946, none of the Japanese civilians were able to leave or even communicate with relatives outside Manchuria, under pain of potential execution by one faction or another. They had little access to jobs or work, no access to their savings, and were unable to survive or to leave. Thousands, including women and small children, were dying each day from malnutrition, disease, and violence.

In this context, three young men from among these civilians managed, with the help of Maryknoll Missionaries and some rogue Nationalists to escape to Japan through China, at great personal risks to themselves. Once there, with little support from other sources, they managed to raise interest, within both the Japanese government and also the occupying Allied forces under General MacArthur, in the plight of their compatriots. As a result of their tireless work, the Japanese public was engaged, the government was pressured to act, and the Allied forces engaged. General MacArthur and the US Department of State were able to arrange the permission both of the Soviets and of the Chinese authorities on the ground to evacuate civilians from a small and little-known port(Koroto) in the area.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene Lambert on July 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Escape from Manchuria was captivating from the very beginning. It is very evident the author, Paul Maruyama, researched in depth the factual events along with all the translations of numerous books and documents. His personal interjections and the human drama keep the reader's interest. The book is a labor of love and honors his father, one of the three courageous men who risked their lives for their countrymen. Even as a child growing up with parents (on ChiChi Jima) who endured hardships of WWII, I did not know about the millions of Japanese civilians who faced such trials and tragedies. The book is a definite must read for those interested in Far East history of that period. I see the possibility of a fascinating documentary or a movie from this book.
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