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The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II Hardcover – May, 2004
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Probably the strongest part of the text, from a historical sense, is the history of far eastern Jewry and the Jewish settlements, however improbably, in Shanghai, China, Harbin in Manchuria and Kobe, Japan. In addition to Tientsin these were the major Jewish communities in Asia. Most of their residents were Russian Jews who had accepted Tsarist offers of freedom of religion to settle in Manchuria when the Russian owned Port Arthur, before 1905. The other communities were more diverse. As war gathered the Japanese high command and its `Jewish experts' embarked on a radical plan of settling Jews, who because of the `Protocols' were perceived as both the controllers of Communism and Capitalism, in Japanese imperial territory and thus enriching Japan through the assets and know how of the European Jews.
The story gets more complicated and has some problems in blending this with the stories of individual refugees and their reconstructed adventures and interactions. Nevertheless the story of the Japanese imperial obsession with Judaism and Japanese anti-Semitism is fascinating, as if the `Fugu plan' to resettle the Jews. There is much new material in this important text, including the Kogan papers and information about the saving of the Mir Yeshiva is fascinating. An important book to the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Seth J. Frantzman
We truly do NOT share the same interest in the reading material. WOW! An exception to the rule!
There was everything anyone needs to keep actively interested in this novel. Hope, sadness, strategic evidence to preserve life without abandoning others as well as the opposite...and self preservation!
Historical fact, mostly unknown to the average reader or US citizenry is reason enough to read this uniqe work. It is well written and a fast read. I took a long walk after completeing the book so I could just think and smile.
My regard for the Japanese people has been cemented in "precious stone". .
This is a heartwarming story of courage and compassion by the Japanese Consul Sugihara in Kovno, Latvia. Sugihara uses the samauri maxim "even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge" as justification for his actions against the commands of his superior at the Foreign Ministry. Thus begins the journey and salvation for thousands of Jews fleeing Europe in 1939.
This is a story you will not forget, it will come to haunt you again and again and one you will wish to share with friends.
Although the book did provide insight into the relative lack of Japanese anti-semitism, I was a little disappointed in that the Fugu plan itself was covered very lightly. It was used as a backdrop to tell the story of the refugees and their privations and concerns as they made their way across Russia to Japan-and ultimately to Shanghai.
The story did a good job of recounting the little known facts of this 'migration' from Eastern Europe to Shangai-and by using the lives of individual families and their experiences to fill out the skeleton of these bare facts, the reader became 'personally' involved in the experiences of these migrants.
i was hoping to read more about the fugu plan itself-and to find out how close it had come to actual implemenation. It would have been interesting to hear about German/Japanese interaction on the idea.
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Being somewhat of a World War II buff, I have read many histories and personal accounts of people's experiences during this exceptional period in history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Freedom Fighter
Unbelievable story and an eye opener. Would make a great movie.Published 8 months ago by Mark S.Nussbaum
The book begins with the Japanese consul, Senpo Sugihara, waking upearly one morning in August, 1940, and seeing "a great man people,...[mostly] men.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by jaime
Truly disturbing history which leaves one asking the question what if.... FrighteningPublished 14 months ago by lm in encino
I appreciated that the author had taken a difficult subject to write about but focused on just a few humans of the 20,000 Jews who emigrated to China under Japanese authority. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Looking for the Rainbow
Fascinating book about a fascinating history. I loved it cover to cover.Published 19 months ago by S. Esshaghian