Auction 102

Lot 36:


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Offered here are 346 pages of original mimeographed transcripts from the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, covering three days of the trial in December of 1946: volume marked ‘#1’ for Wednesday, December 11, 1946, pages 12,479 through 12,626 (147 pp.); volume marked ‘#2’, Thursday, December 12, 1946, pages 12,627 through 12,716 (89 pp.); volume marked ‘#3’, Friday, December 13, 1946, pages 12,717 through 12,827 (110 pp.)

The transcripts include witness testimony, affidavits, summaries of evidence, including an affidavit from Major General EDWARD P. KING, commanding general of the Philippine-American forces on the Bataan Peninsula. Testimonies detailing the atrocities and crimes committed, the shocking treatment of American POW’s; murder, rape, and torture of Filipinos; the Bataan Death March, Lasang, Davao Penal colony, Camp O’Donnell, mass punishments, the bombing of the Oryoku Maru off of Subic Bay, the Enoura Maru, Japanese soldiers raping Filipinos, Gapan, the bombing of Manila, extracts from captured diaries, and more. Each volume is bound by string and shows loss at edges as expected due to age and paper quality. A fantastic group of original documents.

The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was created in Tokyo, Japan, pursuant to a 1946 proclamation by U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in occupied Japan. The IMTFE presided over a series of trials of senior Japanese political and military leaders pursuant to its authority ‘to try and punish Far Eastern war criminals.’ Between May 1946 and November 1948 the tribunal tried twenty-eight Japanese leaders. The tribunal included judges and prosecution teams from each of the ten countries that signed Japan’s surrender and handed out sentences ranging from seven years’ imprisonment to death. The records were printed by mimeograph onto whatever paper could be found in the chaos of postwar Tokyo, where the trials took place. Over 48,000 pages were recorded and are archived by the United Nations War Crimes Commission.