Unit 731 Nazi Experiment Report

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Social Studies
Final Project: Essay
How similar were the Nazi experiment and the Unit 731?
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In World War II, Japanese and the Nazis were allies and both were once at the peak of its power during the war. Both countries went through similar process, similar ruling style, and both conducted human related experiment for its own purpose; the Nazi experiments and the Unit 731(Japan). The results of both countries’ experiment did helped in the upcoming future (after the war ends). There could be a possibility that the experiments duplicate one another, even though the two locations, and its language and ideology are quite different. So how similar could the Nazis experiment and the Unit 731 be?

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He made this unimaginable sound, he was screaming so horribly. But then finally he stopped. This was all in a day's work for the surgeons, but it really left an impression on me because it was my first time." Interviewed by Nicholas D. Kristof, the doctor who is now a farmer also stated that the purpose of vivisection is to have investigation on plague bomb for the use of World War 2. The Unit 731 was one of the biggest secret experiments performed by the Japanese. Vast money was put in this project to develop biological warfare weapons, for example, plague, anthrax, and cholera. Chinese cities nearby Unit 731 were subjects of the bomb experiments, for example, Ningbo and Changde. Prisoners that were captured by the Japanese were Koreans, Mongolians, and Chinese. However, as a veteran of the Unit 731 stated, there were labels of ‘English’ and ‘Frenchman’ but instead of real complete human, there were only body parts of it. Takeo Wano, a former Unit731 medical work who is now 71 years old, stated that he once saw a western man, predicted Russian, was cut into two pieces vertically that was placed in a glass of big jar filled with formaldehyde. (Nicholas D. Kristof ‘The New York times’, 1995) As the Unit 731 was about the weapons of biological warfare, one of the experiment the Japanese had was, having a human with any biological disease to stay in a room with healthy prisoner, to test out how rapidly does the virus of the disease spread. Japanese troops also dropped chemicals to ponds, rivers and wells, but the results were counterproductive since around 7,000 Japanese soldiers were ill and effected by the chemicals. Professor Harris, an author of the book Factories of death stated that around 30,000 people were killed with plague around the Harbin area. (Routledge, 1994) Experiment like,

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