Factories of Death by Sheldon H. Harris
Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-45, and the American Cover-Up

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Professor Harris's book aims to expand our knowledge of a previously hidden and shameful event of World War II. Through access to documents unavailable to earlier researchers, he details the activities of Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army, a formation dedicated to conducting bacterial warfare research in Manchuria. Under the command of Colonel Ishii Shiro, the unit conducted innumerable experiments in the 1930s and 1940s. Many involved the use of living subjects, tests that often cost these subjects their lives. Harris addresses the question of whether some of these subjects were Caucasian prisoners of war, and concludes that there is no irrefutable evidence that that was the case. Certainly the vast majority of subjects were Chinese nationals. Harris also shows how the United States government provided immunity from investigation for men who thereby avoided war crimes trials, so that the US could acquire the results of Japanese expertise in bacteriological warfare.
 

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Published December 28, 1993 by Routledge. 297 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Harris, professor emeritus of history at California State University, here presents evidence from Chinese, American and KGB archives that Japanese scientists used human beings, including Allied prison

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Harris, professor emeritus of history at California State University, here presents evidence from Chinese, American and KGB archives that Japanese scientists used human beings, including Allied prisoners of war, in biologial warfare (BW) research during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria.

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