Defending the Enemy: Justice for the WWII Japanese War Criminals

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Hillcrest Publishing Group, Feb 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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From 1946-48 Elaine B. Fischel worked in Tokyo alongside the American attorneys assigned to defend the Japanese war criminals held responsible for the torture and deaths of millions of civilians and prisoners of war. She recounts the post-WWII transition in Japan to the country's occupation by their former enemy, and the subsequent surprise on the part of the Japanese citizenry that the U.S. allegiance to democracy meant providing a fair trial to even the men considered perpetrators of terrible atrocities. In letters to her family at the time, the author as a young woman tries to explain her relationships with the defendants and her own surprise at the growing fondness she felt for many of the "villains" of WWII -- particulary prime minister and general Hideki Tojo, known during the war as "Razor." "Defending the Enemy" is also the story of a young woman who wants to make the most of her time in a country so full of beauty. Fischel interweaves the activities and intrigues of the trial alongside her tales of travel throughout Japan, her social engagements with high-ranking military officers and also civilians, and her unique enduring relationships, such as her friendship with Emporer Hirohito's brother, Prince Takamatsu. In writing her life, Fischel illuminates the paradoxes inherent during this period in history.
 

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User Review  - celticlady53 - LibraryThing

An amazing woman and an amazing story. Elaine B. Fischel is not your average woman in the 40's who accepts a job to go to Tokyo, Japan to be a legal secretary on the defense team that would defend the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen Kelly - Goodreads

An amazing woman and an amazing story. Elaine B. Fischel is not your average woman in the 40's who accepts a job to go to Tokyo, Japan to be a legal secretary on the defense team that would defend the ... Read full review

Contents

DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL
1
TRIBUNAL GETS STARTED
33
FINALLY A DEFENSE TEAM
59
MEETING THE ENEMY AND HISTORY
83
7 THE SOCIAL WHIRL
107
MEMORIES AND TENNIS ANYONE?
124
SPECULATIONS AND REALITY
139
BUILDING A DEFENSE AND ADDING FRIENDS
152
FEELINGS AND FRIENDSHIPS
251
THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRY BECKONS
259
THE TRIAL JUDGMENTS
267
CHINA CALLS
278
FINAL JUDGMENTS
293
GOING TO THE U S SUPREME COURT
309
LIFE ON HOLD
313
RETURNING TO TOKYO
323

TRAVEL WORK AND PLAY
178
THE TRIAL PROCEEDINGS
195
WILL I EVER GET HOME?
219
TOJO TESTIFIES
227
BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
235
APPENDIX A LETTERS FROM MY JAPANESE FRIENDS
327
APPENDIX B NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
371
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
381
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