SDHF Newsletter No.210J 1945年夏(書評)

Summer, 1945: Germany, Japan and Harvest of Hate
トーマス・グッドリッチ (Th0mas Goodrich)
The Palms Press, 2018
評者:Tadashi Hama タダシ・ハマ

 著者のトーマス・グッドリッチは「Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-47」(連合軍のドイツに対する戦争の実態)「The Dixie Died」( 南北戦争後の南部占領の歴史)、「Scalp Dance」(白人とインディアンの戦争)など、




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Summer, 1945: Germany, Japan and the Harvest of Hate
Thomas Goodrich
The Palms Press, 2018
Reviewed by Tadashi Hama

Thomas Goodrich is a professional writer whose main theme is the atrocities that inevitably occur during human conflict. His main books include Hellstorm (Greatspace, 2014), an account of the Allied war against Germany, The Day Dixie Died (Stockpole Books, 2001), a history of the postwar occupation of the South by the Union Army after the Civil War and Scalp Dance, a narrative of the war between the Indians and Whites and the torture and slaughter committed by all sides. What gives his books its visceral realism is that he cites from diaries and personal recollections, allowing both perpetrators and survivors to freely express themselves.
Summer, 1945 is his latest book, in which he covers the final days of the Second World War. Most people believe the official narrative, the politically correct view of the Second World War: the Allies fought for “freedom” and “democracy”. Most people could never imagine that the righteous Allied soldiers murdered prisoners of war or raped civilians–the reality is far removed from their cherished beliefs. Most people will be shocked to know from whom these quotes were taken:

“We ought to get rid of them as soon as possible.”
“Kill them all, men, old men, children and women, after you have amused yourself with them!”
“We knew we had to kill a lot of women and kids… Had to be done.”

It is documented that the first one was stated by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the second was by Soviet Journalist Ilya Ehrenburg and the third was by General Curtis LeMay, who ordered the March 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, killing 100,000 unarmed civilians.
This book objectively illustrates the real Second World War, of the savagery inflicted on Germany and Japan by the Allies. There needs to be a fair view of this war to eliminate the biased and prejudiced view of the war, which leads to prejudice against the losers of the war.

Book Review:

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact