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5.0 out of 5 stars Lest We Forget, 10 April 2011
This review is from: The Knights of Bushido: A Short History of Japanese War Crimes (Paperback)
Among the G20 of sophisticated and civilised countries sit two nations for whom the 20th century hold the darkest of dark episodes. One is Germany, whose Nazi regime is known by all. The second, Japan, perpetrated during the 1930's and 40's a regime of barbaric horror equal to, if not worse than, that of the Nazis.

This calm, dignified book catalogues some of the Japanese war crimes of that period. There is far too much here to blame on a few fanatics: the scale of the sadistic depravity is mindboggling. Genocidal atrocities committed on thousands of defenceless men women and children. Wholescale rape and slaughter of innocent civilians. Sadistic murderous brutality towards captured soldiers. Systematic deliberate butchery. Perverted torture. Mass extermination by slave labour . Murder of hospital patients. Machine gunning or bayonetting to death of prisoners or civilians for sport or for weapons practice. Massacres by mass drowning or by burning alive. Deliberate witholding of essential food, water, medicines, and Red Cross supplies. Crucifixions. Vivisection. Cannibalism.

This is a `five star' book but not of course in the phrase `I loved it'. It was a hard book to get through, but surely we owe it to the memory of those who suffered - including so many thousands of our own - to learn about the gruesome horrifying fates they endured, on our behalf.
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