Presented by the Author, Paul K. Maruyama
In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria.
Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended upon the trapped Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army
and revenge seeking mobs and bandits.
Nearly 2,500 Japanese, mostly the elderly and children, died daily.
Three courageous Japanese men embarked on a secret mission and escaped to Japan to eventually bring an end to the Manchurian nightmare.
Paul K. Maruyama
, the son of one of the three courageous men, recently wrote and published Escape from Manchuria which narrates the compelling tale of the rescue and repatriation of nearly 1.7 million Japanese that began almost a year after the surrender of Japan.
, who was five years old living in Manchuria with his
mother and three bothers at the time of his
fatherâ€™s dramatic escape, will discuss his
book and his
six-year adventure while engaged in writing the book.
Maruyama, a retired USAF officer who taught at the USAF Academy for over ten years, presently teaches Japanese at Colorado College and is the President of the Japan America Society of Southern Colorado.