The history of World War II

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U.S. Government Shielded Japan War Criminals
Deirdre Griswold, Workers World, 30 March 1995. Unit 751 in Harbin was a special unit of the Japanese Army during World War II that conducted research in biological warfare. It turns out that the U.S. occupation regime protected the people responsible for Unit 731.
World War II Was Many Wars In One
By Mary-Alice Waters, The Militant, 22 May 1995. World War II, touted as the war against fascism, governments around the world are holding grand commemorations of this imperialist slaughter of working people. The truth behind the war that left as many as 60 million human beings dead. World War II was not a war to stop fascism. It was much more complex than that; it was at least three wars in one.
Convention No. 29: Forced Labour, 1930
ILO Report, People's Korea,17 March 1999. Report on Wartime comfort women (sex slaves) and Wartime industrial forced labour as it affected Korea.
Japan planned huge colony, says scholar
By Mark O'Neil in Beijing, South China Morning Post, Monday, 12 March 2001. On September 18, 1931, Japanese army officers in Shenyang set off explosives on a railway line outside the city, which they used as a pretext to occupy the three provinces of the northeast and set up the puppet state of Manchukuo, which was part of a plan to settle five million people in China.
Declassified document sheds light on Holocaust
By Pauline Jelinek, AP, 2 July 2001. A declassified U.S. intelligence document sheds new light on the question of how much the West knew about Hitler's plans for the Holocaust and when they knew it. The Allies knew of the plan on March 20, 1942, and did not take the action that would have saved many lives.
Allied bombers chose ‘easy’ German targets
By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, Thursday 23 August 2001. The allied bombing campaign after the razing of Dresden in February 1945, which killed at least 30,000 people, many of them refugees fleeing from the Russians, focused on small towns because they would burn easily, not because they were strategically important.
As time goes by: Spanish Civil War vets
By Mireya Castaneda, Granma International, 20 December 2001. 3,000 U.S. citizens fought voluntarily in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The Lincoln Brigade participated in an early phase of the World War against fascism. Moe Fishman, the general secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans' Association.