By Daniel Barenblatt

ISBN-10: 0060933879

ISBN-13: 9780060933876

From 1932 to 1945, in a headlong quest to improve germ struggle power for the army of Imperial Japan, 1000s of jap medical professionals, nurses and study scientists willingly participated in what was once talked about on the time as 'the mystery of secrets' – frightening experiments carried out on dwell people, thus blameless chinese language males, girls, and youngsters. This was once the paintings of an elite staff referred to as Unit 731, led by means of Japan's resolution to Joseph Mengele, Dr Shiro Ishii.

below their initiative, millions of people have been held captive and contaminated with virulent lines of anthrax, plague, cholera, and different epidemic and viral ailments. quickly whole chinese language villages have been being hit with organic bombs. Even American POWs have been exact. All advised, greater than 250,000 humans have been contaminated, and the overwhelming majority died. but, after the struggle, US career forces less than common Douglas MacArthur struck a care for those medical professionals that shielded them from accountability.

Provocative, alarming and completely compelling, A Plague Upon Humanity attracts on vital unique examine to show essentially the most shameful chapters in human history.

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One wonders how the medical atrocities of Beiyinhe could go on without some form of protest from the Chinese, a call for an investigation, and then reaction from the rest of the world. Part of the answer lies in the nature of the societal conditions under Japanese occupation. The people who lived near the Fortress and who were drafted to build it were part of an impoverished, repressed community, effectively isolated from any press reports the Japan·ese did not control in Manchuria. As for Beiyinhe's pris- a Fortress oj Fear 35 oners, none survived to tell their story-with the exception of one group.

About what he did next, embark- A Doctors Vision 11 ing alone upon a round-the-world trip to study bio-war research in other countries, little documentation exists. What is known is that in April 1928 Ishii left Japan, and that in each port of call along the way he attempted to ask prob~ng questions of the right people-military and university scientists and some scientists in private research foundations-about their biological weapons research. He managed to obtain letters of introduction from the military attaches in Japan's embassies and consulates in various countries.

Trains traveling a track nearly a kilometer from the site were ordered to draw all window shades while passing. Reports leaked out of agonizing screams emanating from the Fortress; according to one story, a boy was killed when he peered into the fenced-in site. Sometimes Chinese laborers were used to carry material in and out of the area within the camp that was devoted to laboratory research for human testing, and germ and chemical warfare 26 A PLAGUE UPON HUMANITY development. These men had to cover themselves with large willow baskets, and carrying their loads beneath these baskets like man-sized cocoons, they were led to the sensitive scientific spaces by japanese guards.

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