War is bad business. The world knows what Hitler did to the Jews. And if you’re interested in history, you would have heard of the Rape of Nanking. Many in the West are under the impression that the Nanking massacre was a fallout of the Second World War. However, the truth is that the Sino-Japanese war predates World War II.

It was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that merged this separate war into the bigger event. Few people know that the Japanese were running their own version of Auschwitz. It was located in the Chinese district of Pingfang in Harbin. The camp, known as Unit 731 conducted ghastly experiments to test the limits of human response to torture.

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Unit 731 was euphemistically known as the “Epidemic Prevention & Water Purification Department”. More than 10,000 people died in this camp, the bulk of them were Chinese. Vivisections on hapless subjects, done without without anesthesia, were routine. This is what one of the participating doctors had to say in 2007, “I was afraid during my first vivisection, but the second time around, it was much easier. By the third time, I was willing to do it.”

Gen. Shiro Ishii, the big boss at Unit 731, was keen to create a human disease bomb and to this end infected subjects with various diseases including STDs. It is said that the Japanese killed more than 300,00 Chinese by using anthrax and cholera bombs on them.


Piyush Bakshi

Piyush Bakshi

A full-time freelance writer, Piyush enjoys writing on popular culture and Internet marketing. When not writing, he prefers spending time with family, and trekking.