Mitsubishi, ... and World War II Slave Labor

Kary Emerson

Excerpts from Kary Cadmus Emerson's book ( http://www.ento.okstate.edu/museum/guest-of-the-emperor.pdf )on Tangawa Osaka Area POW Command #4B . :

Medicines were nonexistent except those brought in by the prisoners. So when a prisoner became ill, he was given reduced rations, no medication, and confined in a cold room without sanitation, all of which practically insured that he would die. People with severe cases of "dry beriberi" would get up at night and put their feet in buckets of cold water to kill the pain. When this was done, circulation in the feet was reduced and many lost their toes. The Japanese authorities sent several cases to Osaka for treatment. When two of the groups returned they told of operations under crude unsanitary conditions by medical students. One still had an open lower abdominal incision and he died within a few days. The other man had been operated on to cure his case of "dry beriberi." The operation consisted of trying to sever the nerves to his legs thereby eliminating his suffering. Instead of doing this, they cut the nerves controlling his bladder so he eventually died. Other cases were cited during the war crimes trials. Chillblains were a new, painful experience for me and many others. We made mittens but they didn't help much.


TOS + Privacy + Copyrights + Sitemap

(Last Updated: January 15, 2004.)

Mitsubishi!>
Slave Labor>
USA>
Kary Cadmus Emerson


Some Keywords: World War 2, WWII, WW II, slave labor, slave labour, prisoner, war, USA, POW, Japan, Mitsubishi

"Chillblains were a new, painful experience for me and many others. We made mittens but they didn't help much."

A Mitsubishi- Eclipse of Ethics presentation.