Mitsubishi ... and World War II Slave Labor

Russell A. Grokett

The following is a passage from Russell Grokett, Sr.'s excerpts from the book Circle is Never Broken, detailing his experience as an American POW working in Mukden, Manchuria for an aircraft plant of Mitsubishi (MKK). [http://home.comcast.net/~rgrokett/POW/]


There are 14,000 POWs in the Mukden POW camp at Hoten, Manchuria. For this number, we have three American, one Australian, and one Japanese doctors assigned to us. One prisoner had mumps and his head swelled from the complications. The doctors cracked his skull to relieve pressure on the brain. The man survived.

Fortunately, I was never tortured or severely beaten. I was hit on the back with the flat of a sword one night and I saw many beatings and many men put to death because someone in their group would try to escape. They were hanged on a barb wire fence for several days, begging for mercy or water until they were dead or the Japanese finished them with a bayonet or sword.

Many men were injured in accidents in the mines where they worked 14 hours a day. Hot water was practically all they had to use for mangled hands. Normally anyone would get antibiotics but all they could do was give these men pans of hot water to soak in and I saw more than one cured that way. I became a firm believer in using hot water for infections, cuts, etc. and it really does work.


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"One prisoner had mumps and his head swelled from the complications. The doctors cracked his skull to relieve pressure on the brain."

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