Mitsubishi, Nippon Steel, ... and World War II Slave Labor

Edward Jackfert

The following are excerpts from Edward Jackfert's Testimony/Statement to US Senate on June 2000 on his POW Slave Labor experience at Nippon Steel, Showa Denko, Mitsui Co., and Kokosho:

I was forced to work for Nippon Steel, Showa Denko, Mitsui Co., and Kokosho. Beginning in January 1945, our area was subjected to continual heavy bombing by B-29's. On many occasions, we had to perform slave labor while bombing raids were going on around us, with planes flying right over our heads. We were not permitted to construct air raid shelters until June 1945.

On July 25, 1945, our area was subjected to a heavy demolition bombing which destroyed our camp and killed 22 of our fellow prisoners of war. The next day, we had the task of picking up the pieces of flesh of our dead comrades.


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"On many occasions, we had to perform slave labor while bombing raids were going on around us, with planes flying right over our heads."

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