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Unit 731

The Forgotten Asian Auschwitz
Narrated by: Cathi Colas
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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"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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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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  • 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.