Unit 731

The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz
Narrated by: Cathi Colas
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
Categories: History, Asia
4.2 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Unit 731: The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz, by Derek Pua, is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, for anyone wanting to more clearly understand the extent of Imperial Japanese war crimes. This brief, dispassionate, and factual book outlines the creation and development of Unit 731, an organization that employed thousands of Japanese scientists who conducted nightmarish experiments on an untold number of human guinea pigs, all in the name of medical research. 

"Even if one cannot stomach the details included in Unit 731: The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz, a basic knowledge of these atrocities should be more widely known, if only in the hope that history will never repeat itself in this horrific manner." (Kathryn Atwood, author, kathrynatwood.com)

The Japanese invasion of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war has left a strong legacy of hate and disgust among many Chinese today. Much of the atrocities committed by the Japanese are now known to most historians. By far, the most despicable and forgotten act against humanity committed by the Imperial Japanese government was its covert biochemical weapons program. Euphemistically labelled as the "Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department" of the Imperial Japanese Army, the Japanese conducted a wide range of cruel and inhumane experiments on prisoners who were often innocent. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Shiro Isshi, the department subjected three thousand to 250 thousand innocent men, women, and children to cruel experiments and medical procedures that were carried out by the brightest medical students and staff that Imperial Japan had to offer. In a bid to develop its own germ warfare capability, the government of Imperial Japan resorted to incredibly deprived and inhumane methods of experimentation, like infecting prisoners with virulent strains of anthrax, plague, cholera, and other diseases. These prisoners were often subject to excruciating vivisections without the use of anesthesia in order to observe the real-time effects of these deadly diseases. 

In this edition, we expanded on the background info of Unit 731 and expanded on the findings of the remains of Unit 731. 

©2017 Pacific Atrocities Education (P)2018 Pacific Atrocities Education

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Proof that evil exists.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana. All walks of life can learn from the harsh lessons from this book.

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Short, doesn't give enough

Just doesn't go into enough detail. Kindof brings up what happened and goes onto the next chapter. Very small book, disappointing

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Something we should all know

A hard hitting reminder of just how evil a person can be given enough power and just how simple it is to collaborate and appease the evil doers in the name of progress (read research not permissible in the appeaser's country)

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The story of the most evil scientific unit in hist

The evils of Japan in WWII are truly under reported and overlooked, but this book brings to light the unit few know about, Unit 731, a truly wicked and twisted group that tortured and experimented on countless people for the sake of science and Japanese ultranationalism. Derek even shines the spotlight on the rampant denialism and ignorance seen in Japan today on this group. Thank you, Derek.

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Good information, but delivered flat

The information is thorough, but it's delivered fast and flat, as though the information is being read AT you.

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History illuminated.

Japanese history from puppet state of Manchuria through end of world War 2. Short and easy to understand.

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An unbelievable glimpse into Satan on Earth

Mind boggling injustice to humanity!!! To think that people can be so abjectly evil is hard to wrap my mind around!!! Excellent book for the little spoken about historical content

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Informational and necessary

Not a captivating story for story sake but incredibly valuable information to be aware of, consider and question.

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  • 07-22-18

An introduction to the topic.

Material felt like reading a high school textbook on the subject. Brief, to the point but a bit dry. A good starting point if your curious on the subject. I would have wished the narrator provide more of a pause between chapters and section headings as it all seemed to run together. Why read the reference section?

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  • 09-10-19

A boring depiction of hell.

Short summary of the atrocities committed by the japanese army/researchers in search of weapons to win ww2. They somehow managed to make a horrifying part of history sound like a math textbook. This audiobooks needs a pause between chapters, i can't even differentiate between this chapter and the next one.

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  • 04-30-20

WHAT THE HELL

I had never even heard of this! stumbled upon it. with what is happening in the world right now with covid-19, its an eye opener for sure!!!!!😮

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  • 09-02-20

So little facts.

This is very very insufficient material. Zero to none details. Google it instead Id say. Narrated well.

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  • 05-16-20

A absolute neccesity to own.

This book is very well written and narrated just as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as one can. The topic demands respect for the victims that are represented in this book. It is a shame that Asian history is not given the due amount of respect. I hope these types of book that shine a light on the atrocities committed in Asia will bring the matters to the fore front of peoples mind like that of the European atrocities. Both sets of history have important lessons, that the world must learn.