Unit 731 Testimony: Japan's Wartime Human Experimentation Program

Tuttle Publishing, 2004/04/15 - 256 ページ
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This is a riveting and disturbing account of the medical atrocities performed in and around Japan during WWII.

Some of the cruelest deeds of Japan's war in Asia did not occur on the battlefield, but in quiet, antiseptic medical wards in obscure parts of the continent. Far from front lines and prying eyes, Japanese doctors and their assistants subjected human guinea pigs to gruesome medical experiments.

In the first part of Unit 731: Testimony author Hal Gold draws upon a painstakingly accumulated reservoir of sources to construct a portrait of the Imperial Japanese Army's most notorious medical unit, giving an overview of its history and detailing its most shocking activities. The second half of the book consists almost entirely of the worlds of former unit members themselves, taken from remarks they made at a traveling Unit 731 exhibition held around Japan in 1994–95. These people recount their vivid first–hand memories of what it was like to cut open pregnant women as they lay awake on the vivisection table, inject plague germs into healthy farmers, and carry buckets of fresh blood and organs through corridors to their appropriate destinations.

Unit 731: Testimony represents an essential addition to the growing body of literature on the still unfolding story of one of the most infamous "military" outfits in modern history. By showing how the ethics of normal men and women, and even an entire profession, can be warped by the fire of war, this important book offers a window on a time of human madness, in the hope that such days will never come again.

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Review: Unit 731 Testimony: Japan's Wartime Human Experimentation Program

ユーザー レビュー  - Linda - Goodreads

I am a tutor and one of my Chinese students introduced me to this topic. I knew the Japanese were guilty of war crimes during WWII but I did not realize the extent. Unit 731 was an experimental ... レビュー全文を読む

Review: Unit 731 Testimony: Japan's Wartime Human Experimentation Program

ユーザー レビュー  - Jason Townsend - Goodreads

The most worthwhile part of this book were the testimonies given in its second half. it's first half history section was decent though overall I felt like such an important subject should have been covered in more detail. レビュー全文を読む

著者について (2004)

\Hal Gold compiled the information in Unit 731 from information provided by the Central Organizing Committee for the Unit 731 Exhibitions in Tokyo, 1994—1995