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Author Barshay, Andrew E., author

Title The gods left first : the captivity and repatriation of Japanese POWs in northeast Asia, 1945-56 / Andrew E. Barshay
Published Berkley : University of California Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 239 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents I. Prologue -- The Gods Left First -- Sources and Method -- II. The Siberian Internment in History -- The Prince's Tale -- The Soviet-Japanese War -- Hot War to Cold -- The Soviet-Japanese Conflict : Prehistory into History -- Toward Internment -- The Internment Remembered -- III. Kazuki Yasuo and the Profane World of the Gulag -- Icons of the Profane -- The Red Corpse -- "My Vision Broadened Tenfold" -- The "Siberia Style" -- From Image to Text -- The Responsibility of the Artist -- "The Beauty only I Can Grasp" -- IV. Knowledge Painfully Acquired : Takasugi Ichirō and the "Democratic Movement" in Siberia -- Thank You, Iosif Vissarionovich! -- A Humanist Interprets the Gulag -- Siberia, School of Democracy -- Ogawa Gorō Becomes Takasugi Ichirō -- In the Shadow of the Northern Lights -- The Gate of Hell -- Toward Epiphany -- Toward Return -- Knowledge Painfully Acquired -- V. Ishihara Yoshirō : "My Best Self Did Not Return" -- Prologue: Ishihara Yoshirō and Viktor Frankl -- The Survivor's Question -- The Primitive Accumulation of Memory -- The Life before the Death -- Into the Gulag -- At Lowest Ebb, Stirrings -- Kano Buichi, Enigma -- Was this Domoi? -- VI. Coda -- The People Stalin Didn't Care About -- "A War to Live" : Fujiwara Tei's The Shooting Stars Are Alive -- The Meaning and Message of Survival -- Appendix: How Many?
Summary At the time of Japan's surrender to Allied forces on August 15, 1945, some six million Japanese were left stranded across the vast expanse of a vanquished Asian empire. Half civilian and half military, they faced the prospect of returning somehow to a Japan that lay prostrate, its cities destroyed, after years of warfare and Allied bombing campaigns. Among them were more than 600,000 soldiers of Japan's army in Manchuria, who had surrendered to the Red Army only to be transported to Soviet labor camps, mainly in Siberia. Held for between two and four years, and some far longer, amid forced labor and reeducation campaigns, they waited for return, never knowing when or if it would come. Drawing on a wide range of memoirs, art, poetry, and contemporary records, The Gods Left First reconstructs their experience of captivity, return, and encounter with a postwar Japan that now seemed as alien as it had once been familiar. In a broader sense, this study is a meditation on the meaning of survival for Japan's continental repatriates, showing that their memories of involvement in Japan's imperial project were both a burden and the basis for a new way of life. -- Publisher website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 220-230) and index
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Subject Concentration camp inmates -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- Biography.
Concentration camps -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- History -- 20th century.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- East Asia -- History -- 20th century.
Japanese -- East Asia -- History -- 20th century.
Japanese -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- Biography.
Japanese -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- History -- 20th century.
Repatriation -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Japan -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Korea -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Manchuria (China) -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013008849
ISBN 0520956575 (electronic bk.)
9780520956575 (electronic bk.)