- First comprehensive up-to-date account of a major historical subject little known to the public in English language
- After the war, Ishii Shiro fled to the US for asylum with his gruesome data to escape from prosecution of crimes against humanity – Unit 731’s bacteriological experiments were then unleashed in the Korean War
- Profusely illustrated with many unpublished photographs
- Inspired the infamous Man Behind the Sun (1988), which is banned in many countries for its graphic content of human experimentation
When Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, one man saw the opportunity not for profit or territorial gain, but for the beginnings of his own terrible bid for glory. It was here that Japanese military physician Ishii Shiro established Unit 731, Japan’s covert biological and chemical weapons research division.
Unit 731 began a programme of human experimentation barely rivalled by the Nazis in their death camps for its sheer brutality and unprecedented scale. For more than a decade, Ishii’s scientists murdered more than 3,000 living subjects in the name of the Empire. These human experiments are the most gruesome ever committed in their scale and suffering.
Chinese, Russians and Koreans were subjected to aerial bombardments of plague and anthrax, frozen and stripped of flesh, and gassed and boiled alive.
Also, British and American prisoners of war were dissected while alive without aesthetic. Ishii’s prisoners were not human: they were ‘muratas’ or ‘logs’.
However, the physician was not persecuted for crimes against humanity and Ishii died unrepentant in 1959, his ‘Laboratory of the Devil’ criminally neglected.
Now, Yan-jun Yang, who is the deputy director at the Unit 731 Museum in Harbin, China, unearths what went on in the Eastern Auschwitz and exposes the atrocities in Unit 731: Laboratory of the Devil, Auschwitz of the East
||234 x 156 mm
||10 May 2018
||48 black-and-white photographs