The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews in World War II: Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews in World War Two Hardcover – 1 May 2004
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About the Author
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer began his rabbinic career in 1962 as a U.S. Air Force chaplain stationed in southern Japan. In 1968, he returned to serve as rabbi of the one-thousand-member Jewish Community of Japan, a post he held until 1976; he remains Lifetime Honorary Rabbi of the community. He also served on the Federation of Jewish Communities of Southeast Asia and the Far East and as Founding Board Member of the Sino-Judaic Institute. Consummate storyteller Rabbi Tokayer contributed seven articles on rabbinics and the Orient for the Encyclopedia Judaica; authored twenty books in Japanese on Judaica and Japan; and coauthored (with Mary Swartz) The Fugu Plan The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews during World War II.
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This book is the amazing true story of how anti-semitic Japanese officials actually believed the total hoax and lies of the "protocols of the elders of Zion", a vile piece of Tsarist propaganda so much that they decided to save the Jews of North-Eastern Europe.
They granted large numbers of visas to Jews from Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia so that Jews - to whom the Protocols claims money and power flow naturally - would bring wealth and power to Japanese-occupied Manchuria ("Manchuko" to the Japanese). This was to be a Jewish colony in China where the Japanese could exploit the good fortune and "power" of the Jewish refugees.
Of course, the Protocols is a total fabrication, but it can be forgiven for the single fact that many many Jews were saved from the Nazis, despite the Axis binding the Japanese to killing Jews.
The story is twisted, and turns in many directions before ending up telling the story of the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai. I have met survivors of that particular ghetto, and whilst I didn't know about this book or the events behind it when I knew them, it is a great insight into what they must have gone through.
By the time you have finished this book, it will change your views about many things, but if you want to know more about the pernicious influence of the Protocols, which were spread worldwide by Henry Ford, you should read ...Read more ›
Goes into detail about how they also didn't give into Nazi pressure to hand over refugees and how some officials naively believed the protocols when introduced to them through Russian soldiers.
Amazing read overall.
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Probably the strongest part of the text, from a historical sense, is the history of far eastern Jewry and the Jewish settlements, however improbably, in Shanghai, China, Harbin in Manchuria and Kobe, Japan. In addition to Tientsin these were the major Jewish communities in Asia. Most of their residents were Russian Jews who had accepted Tsarist offers of freedom of religion to settle in Manchuria when the Russian owned Port Arthur, before 1905. The other communities were more diverse. As war gathered the Japanese high command and its `Jewish experts' embarked on a radical plan of settling Jews, who because of the `Protocols' were perceived as both the controllers of Communism and Capitalism, in Japanese imperial territory and thus enriching Japan through the assets and know how of the European Jews.
The story gets more complicated and has some problems in blending this with the stories of individual refugees and their reconstructed adventures and interactions. Nevertheless the story of the Japanese imperial obsession with Judaism and Japanese anti-Semitism is fascinating, as if the `Fugu plan' to resettle the Jews. There is much new material in this important text, including the Kogan papers and information about the saving of the Mir Yeshiva is fascinating. An important book to the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Seth J. Frantzman
This is a heartwarming story of courage and compassion by the Japanese Consul Sugihara in Kovno, Latvia. Sugihara uses the samauri maxim "even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge" as justification for his actions against the commands of his superior at the Foreign Ministry. Thus begins the journey and salvation for thousands of Jews fleeing Europe in 1939.
This is a story you will not forget, it will come to haunt you again and again and one you will wish to share with friends.
It is little known history, but if the Fugu Plan had been sucessful the whole trajectory and tragedy of the Holocaust would have had a completely diferent outcome.
This is a truly informative and interesting book.
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