Materials on the Trial of Former Servicemen of the Japanese Army Charged with Manufacturing and Employing Bacteriological Weapons

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Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1950 - Bacteria - 534 pages
Text is concerned with the trial before the Military Tribunal of the Primorye Military Area.

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Page 289 - Yoshimura [Hisato noted] that at times of great frost, with temperatures below —20 [sic], people were brought out from the detachment's prison into the open. Their arms were bared and made to freeze with the help of an artificial current of air. This was done until their frozen arms, when struck with a short stick, emitted a sound resembling that which a board gives out when it is struck.
Page 469 - Japan, with its purely feudal organisation of landed property and its developed petite culture, gives a much truer picture of the European middle ages than all our history books, dictated as these are, for the most part, by bourgeois prejudices. It is very convenient to be "liberal" at the expense of the middle ages.
Page 104 - ... Supply Unit, as the expanded Togo Unit had become formally known) was "formed by command of the Emperor of Japan Hirohito. Issued in 1936." Kajitsuka, who had served as chief of medical administration of the Kwantung Army, noted: 'The Emperor's command was printed and copies of it were sent to all units of the Japanese Army for the information of all the officers. I myself was shown this command and the detachment's personnel list accompanying it, and certified the fact with my private seal.
Page 220 - Particulars Regarding Other Atrocities": "The enemy's Tama detachment [another name for Unit 1 644] carried off their civilian captives to the medical laboratory, where the reactions to poisonous serums [were] tested. This detachment was one of the most secret organizations. The number of persons slaughtered by this detachment cannot be ascertained.
Page 406 - The Tribunal is of the opinion that a war of aggression against the USSR was contemplated and planned throughout the period under consideration, that it was one of the principal elements of Japan's national policy and that its object was the seizure of territories of the USSR in the Far East.
Page 236 - Have the patient think that your whole attention, mind and all, are fixed on his or her welfare ; but this must be done in such a way as not to seem superficial.
Page 13 - Detachment 731 alone was capable of breeding, in the course of one production cycle, lasting only a few days, no less than • 30,000,000 billion microbes. . . . Detachment 731 and its branches also engaged in the wholesale breeding of fleas for their infection with germs," and possessed 4,500 incubators for breeding fleas on rats and mice.
Page 57 - I can say that the number of prisoners of Detachment 731 who died from the effects of experiments in infecting them with severe infectious diseases was no less than about 600 per annum.
Page 289 - In January 1945 ... I saw experiments in inducing gas gangrene, conducted under the direction of the Chief of the 2nd Division, Col. Ikari, and researcher Futaki. Ten prisoners . . . were tied facing stakes, five to ten metres apart. . . . The prisoners' heads were covered with metal helmets, and their bodies with screens . . . only the naked buttocks being exposed.
Page 523 - VERDICT In the name of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the USSR, consisting of: President...

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