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|The Nanking Massacre|
Nanjing Massacre, http://www.haozheng.com/NanjingMassacre.htm documents the happenings of the Massacre both through secondary sources and through photographs. It chastises the Japanese because "Sixty years have passed by" and the "Japanese government has never apologized for what they did." It discusses the importance of a 1937 16mm documentary made by Reverend John Magee during the Massacre in 1937 and the manner in which it was eventually discovered, helping to disprove those who claimed these horrors never occurred. Also included is an excerpt from Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II" which describes the massacre/ mass rape of the Chinese inhabitants of Nanking in lurid detail. The site also alleges that the government has engaged in censorship of school textbooks to prevent their children from hearing the truth. Finally, the site contains "Photo Documentation" of some of the horrors that occurred. A warning is in order that "This site contains some very Disturbing graphic contents."
If you are especially interested
in the Nanking Massacre and would like to read more, the best source on
the subject I've run across is Iris Chang's book, The Rape of Nanking:
The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II discussed in many of these
sites. It is available from amazon.com
and from barnesandnoble.com.
is a substantive essay by Jason N. Yip essentially arguing that although
there are good political and economic reasons why Japan, along with Germany,
should be made a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, this should
not be allowed to happen. Unlike Germany, Japan has consistently
refused to apologize for the atrocities it committed during World War II,
most notably the Rape of Nanking. This lack of remorse was recently
highlighted by the successful suit of a World War II Japanese soldier for
libel for publishing of his war diary which substantiated the occurrence
of many of these horrors. After highlighting these facts, Yip then
includes a Reader's Digest review of Iris Chang's book.
The Other Holocaust:
Nanjing Massacre, Unit 731 & Unit 100, http://www.interlog.com/~yuan/japan.html
begins by arguing that "At a time when Japan is seeking the ultimate seal
of legitimacy for its current resurgence of Militarism : a permanent seat
on the UN Security Council, Japan as a nation with a history of aggression,
crimes against humanity, with NO signs of remorse, is NOT worthy of occupying
a seat on the UN Security Council!" It supports this claim with lurid
descriptions of the horrors committed by the Japanese during World War
II that have yet to be apologized for, namely the Nanking Massacre and
the medical experiments on Chinese prisoners by Units 731 and 100.
In addition to the rapes and murders committed, the Chinese were infected
with all manners of pathogens so that the Japanese army could evaluate
their effectiveness of biological weapons. The evidence is provided
in great detail and appears to be well-supported although claims that the
Nanking Massacre occurred at the direct command of prince Asaka Yasuhiko
are rather controversial given the belief by scholars such as Iris Chang
that these horrors were committed despite the orders of the Japanese government.
In general though, this site seems to be relatively accurate. It
also contains a number of links to other sources, both online and in text.
|Medical Experimentation on Prisoners by Unit 731|
is an eye-catching site devoted to discussing the experiments of Unit 731
and the subsequent American cover-up. This site unabashedly asserts
that the U.S. gave immunity to these doctors in return for the results
of their research on germ warfare. The most shocking of these allegations
is that "[i]nstead of putting the ringleaders on trial, U.S. gave them
stipends in order to have some germ warfare advantage over the communist
Soviet Union." Included are a number of pictures, including one of
Lt. Gen. Shiro Ishii, director of Unit 731, and of the remaining building
used by the Unit. A breach of the "Code of Silence" by a doctor named
Kamada is reported as is his story of their work. Most striking is
the apparent lack of remorse by these Japanese doctors which in many cases
appears to be limited to regret that they wasted "the best years of their
lives on medical research that could not be continued after the war."
The site argues that as many of these doctors went on to become prominent
in Japanese society and as the Japanese government has yet to apologize
for these atrocities, this has only added to the collective amnesia Japan
possesses regarding the war crimes it has committed. As the
facts alleged are not directly supported, however, a lack of credibility
detracts from an otherwise good site.
Unlocking a Deadly Secret,
was written by Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times. It is a
very thorough site that provides superb facts and analysis on many aspects
of Unit 731. Most startling is a section discussing a proposed Japanese
plan to load huge balloons with biological weapons and float them to the
West Coast of the United States; fortunately this idea was rejected "at
a crucial meeting in late July 1944" by Hideki Tojo (later hanged by the
United States for war crimes) because of fear of America's likely revenge.
The discussion ranges from the experiments of the doctors on prisoners
without anesthetics to the use of germ warfare against the Chinese, civilian
and military alike. The site also reports that, startlingly, "[s]cholars
say that the research was not contrived by mad scientists and that it was
intelligently designed and' carried out . . . [t]he medical findings saved
many Japanese lives." Obviously this in no way detracts from the
horror of the acts; rather, it makes the actions of Unit 731 more chilling
and the Japanese government more responsible. This site appears to
be well-researched and is very well-written. Perhaps the best Unit
731 site I've come across.