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New book doubles death from Japanese invasion
Updated: 2005-01-19 09:15

A newly published book doubles the number of Chinese workers killed by the Japanese in World War II at the "mass grave" in Datong, a north China city.

According to the book by Li Jinwen, secretary-general of the Society on the History of World War II, Japanese soldiers killed more than 155,000 laborers, instead of previously estimated 60,000, in the a coal production center in north China.

The Chinese laborers were killed in a cruel ways including being buried alive, burned to death and having bacteria injected into their bodies. They were then put into an abandoned coal mine pit, which now contains more than 100,000 bodies.

In attempt to loot coal resources from China, Japanese invaders forced miners in Datong to work overtime. When the workers died of starvation, illness, injury and torture, they were thrown into the "mass grave." Others were thrown in while still alive.

These facts were collected by Li Jinwen after a 40-year research which started from 1963.

Li had interviewed hundreds of survivors and family members of victims and consulted eight archives left by Japanese troops, now kept in the northeast China region.

"The materials compiled by Japanese invaders before 1945, the year of Japan's surrender in China, served as self-made evidence of their crimes," said Li.

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