The following translation
was found in File 2015, designated as Document No. 2710, certified as
Exhibit "O" in Doc. No.2687. NARA, RG 238 Box 2015
Note: In RG 238 Box 2012 is a
request "for suggestions on how to dispose of all internees."
22-1-9 17 [penciled in]
E2015 [penciled in]Document No. 2701
(Certified as Exhibit "O" in Doc. No. 2687)
From the Journal of the
Taiwan POW Camp H.Q. in Taihoku,
entry 1 August 1944
- (entries about money,
promotions of Formosans at Branch camps, including promotion of Yo
Yu-toku to 1st Cl Keibiin - 5 entries)
- The following answer about the extreme measures for
POW's was sent to the Chief of Staff of the 11th Unit (Formosa POW
Security No. 10).
"Under the present situation if
there were a mere explosion or fire
a shelter for the time being could be had in nearby buildings such as
the school, a warehouse, or the like. However, at such time as the
situation became urgent and it be extremely important, the POW's will
be concentrated and confined in their present location and under heavy
guard the preparation for the final disposition will be made.
The time and method of the disposition are as follows:
- The Time.
Although the basic
aim is to act under superior orders, Individual disposition may be made
in the following circumstances:
- When an uprising of large
numbers cannot be suppressed without the
use of firearms.
- When escapees from the camp
may turn into a hostile Fighting force.
- The Methods.
- Whether they are destroyed individually or in groups, or however it
is done, with mass bombing, poisonous smoke, poisons, drowning,
decapitation, or what, dispose of them as the situation dictates.
- In any
case it is the aim not to allow the escape of a single one, to
annihilate them all, and not to leave any traces.
- To: The Commanding General
The Commanding General of Military Police
Reported matters conferred on with the 11th Unit, the Kiirun Fortified
Area H.Q., and each prefecture concerning the extreme security in
Taiwan POW Camps."
- (The next entry concerns the will of a deceased POW).
I hereby certify that this is a true translation from
the Journal of the Taiwan POW H.Q. in Taiwan, entry 1 August 1944.
Signed: Stephen H. Green