Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Nippon, Nippon über alles?
Writing about his find in Jitsuwa Knuckles (April), Takeshi Tanaka notes that an estimated 2 million foreigners served in volunteer units augmented to the German army during the war, including Ukrainians, Latvians, Finns, Croatians and Indians.
The individuals in the photo are at this point unidentified, but the picture suggests Japanese may have served in German units. According to Tanaka, a note accompanying the photo states that the men in the picture “took part in the fighting against allied forces at (Poland’s) Vistula River.” Tanaka says he was unable to corroborate the photo with any historical evidence. Are we, perhaps, merely looking at some Photoshop mischief here? Or does this photo shed new light on Nippon’s heretofore unknown Nazis? Intriguing to say the least. (C.J.)