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Japan's Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem and Torture in Wartime Asia

Japan's Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem and Torture in Wartime Asia
Autor: Mark Felton
Data publikacji: 2009-07
ISBN: 9781844159123
Wydawca: PEN & SWORD
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 266
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The book opens by explaining the origins, organisation and roles of the Kempetai apparatus, which exercised virtually unlimited power throughout the Japanese Empire. The author reveals their criminal and collaborationist networks, which extorted huge sums of money from hapless citizens and business. They ran the Allied POW gulag system which treated captives with brutality and a complete lack of mercy.Other Kempetai activities included biological and chemical experiments on live subjects, slave labour, including 'Comfort Women' drawn from all races.Their record of reprisals against military and civilians was unrelenting. For example Colonel Doolittle's raid on Tokyo in 1942 resulted in a campaign of revenge not just against captured airmen but thousands of Chinese civilians. Their actions amounted to genocide on a grand scale.

Of particular distaste is the revelation of the Maruta vivisection campaign.The author backs up his text with first hand testimonies from those survivors who suffered at the hands of this evil organization. He examines how the guilty were bought to justice and the resulting claims for compensation.

The subject of the book is unimaginably dark and disturbing and does focus on the violence inflicted upon the regime's victims. The book gives a brief history of the Kempeitei, the invasion of China before the start of the World War 2 and the invasion of Japan's neighbours during the war. One of the things that did surprise me, was how paranoid the Japanese troops were and how they saw non-existent plots everywhere and how this paranoia seemed to feed their capacity for cruelty.

The book also highlights the fact that many of the perpertrators of these terrible crimes escaped justice and have been allowed to continue to live their lives in freedom. It is also disturbing to realise that, unlike the Germans, the Japanese have never formally apologised to their victims or paid out any money to those who suffered at their hands.

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