- Hardcover: 147 pages
- Publisher: Naval Institute Press; First Edition edition (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591143772
- ISBN-13: 978-1591143772
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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In WWII more than 2,000 American, British, and Australian soldiers were transferred from POW camps in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to the largest single Japanese POW camp in existence, at Mukden, China (now Shenyang). There, they were used as forced labor for Japanese manufacturing giant Mitsubishi, best known at the time for the famed Zero fighter, in open violation of the Geneva Conventions. Conditions at Mukden were brutal, with freezing temperatures, routine beatings, forced malnourishment, and the withholding of medicine. One chilling report referenced the testing of biological weapons on the American prisoners. Much has been written about the conditions in German POW camps of the same period, but even the Nazi Party wasn't willing to risk disregarding the Geneva Conventions. Japan, however, never contemplated the possibility of defeat, or its repercussions, and this secret history shows not only the extent of their arrogance and brutality during the war to end all wars, but also the resilience and determination of the allied prisoners. (Aug.) (c)
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About the Author
Linda Goetz Holmes, was the first Pacific War historian appointed to advise the government s Interagency Working Group declassifying documents on World War II crimes. The author of Unjust Enrichment: How Japan's Companies Built Postwar Fortunes Using American POWs and 4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home, she lives in Shelter Island, NY.
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The research is superb, but the writing is bland, repetitive, and disjointed which made it difficult to read. Still, the information is heart breaking, horrifying, outrageous, and maddening. Those poor men.
In the bitter cold frozen Manchuria, mal-nutrition POWs suffered with little medicine and care with a high death rate. International Red Cross to the camp was done in a show case. Japanese captors withdrew the relief supplies with window dressing. Americans were subject to hard labor along with the embarrassment of the American team leadership of Major Stanley Hankins. Many died of pneumonia exposure, starvation and untreated diseases from malnutrition. It is heart-warming to read about that recently Professor Yang connected to the relatives many years after Sgt. William Lynch being executed after escape capture. It would be an honor to bring his remain home . British intelligent intercepted on the Japanese communication on methods for execution - mass bombing, poisonous smoke, poisons, drowning, decapitation on prisons on Japan's surrender or a breakout (P.94)
As the war was over, the veterans found "we fought the enemy, then came back to find we were fighting our own government" (P.128). They were told to sign document to keep silent and did not get aid in seeking justice and compensation in court as the war time enemy became "friendly ally" with a history of sneak attack at Pearl Harbor killing thousands, performed germ /chemical experiment on POWs, made no compensation and apology to slave labors for their enrichment. Japanese Government still owe a since apology with ample compensation for the dignity of POWs who suffered the physical abuses, mental stress and life- long medical problem. Page 123 showed Dr Masaji Kitano's established shrine on December 1941 to sacrificed animals in the Lab in China Medical University . Why not the hundreds of humans who had perished here? Why the atomic bomb victim sympathizers do not care but turn a blind eye to our freedom fighters - the guests of the emperor?
Linda is honored to bring truth, humanity and justice to the brave Americans of the Greatest Generation in sharing the horror story in remote Japanese occupied war-torn China. With the help of Truth Council of Washington DC, the Mukdan POW camp is saved and restored into a museum honoring the friendship between Chinese and American comrades in arm in fighting the common enemy . This book mentioned about a nearby secret camp at Hsian where General Wainwright and other American, British and Dutch high-ranking officers were kept. They were intended to be bargain chips for the imminent and eventual defeat. Maybe Linda will do a follow up book on this camp in her next book.
Unjust EnrichmentHidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes In World War II (Transitions--Asia and Asian America)4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home