Fushun War Criminals Management Centre

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Coordinates: 41°53′1.87″N 123°54′5.02″E / 41.8838528°N 123.9013944°E / 41.8838528; 123.9013944

Fushun War Criminals Management Center - Main Gate
Fushun War Criminals Management Center - Building Entrance

Fushun War Criminals Management Centre (traditional Chinese: 撫順戰犯管理所; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Fǔshùn Zhànfàn Guǎnlǐ Suǒ), also known as Liaodong No. 3 Prison or Liaoning No. 3 Prison was the site of the re-education of Manchukuo, Kuomintang and Japanese prisoners of war, held by China from 1950 onwards. It was located in the Xinfu District, Fushun, Liaoning. Among the inmates were Puyi,[1] the last emperor of China and former puppet emperor of Manchukuo, his younger brother Pujie and several other important World War II figures such as Xi Qia, Zang Shiyi and Zhang Jinghui. Part of the prison site remains in use, but the older section has been turned into a museum depicting the history of Fushun war criminals management centre and the life of the people who worked or were interned there.

The prison was originally constructed in 1936 by the occupying Japanese. At the end of World War II, the USSR had overrun the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo and captured many of its government members and military personnel, both Chinese and Japanese. These prisoners were held near Khabarovsk (Boli) in the Russian Far East. During 1949 and early 1950, the Chinese sent delegations to the USSR headed by Mao Zedong in which they secured the extradition of these prisoners to China. Premier Zhou Enlai instructed the Northeast Judicial Department to make preparations for handling the war criminals. Liaodong No. 3 prison, on the northern edge of Fushun city, was selected for conversion into the War Criminals Management Centre.

The first train carrying prisoners arrived in Fushun station at 3 o'clock on July 21, 1950. They were then transferred the short distance to the prison by bus. In this first train load there were 969 Japanese detainees and 71 prisoners from the Manchukuo puppet regeme. Some other Japanese prisoners were transferred from other locations such as Taiyuan War Criminals Management Centre, to bring the total number of Japanese prisoners to 982. The Japanese prisoners can be divided by occupation into 667 army personnel, 116 gendarme, 155 special police and 44 administrative. Of these 35 had the rank of general, 125 were field officers and 852 were junior officers or below.[2] Alongside these prisoners from World War II were inmates from the Chinese Civil War that ended in 1949. These Kuomintang prisoners numbered 354.

In 1956, trials of the Japanese prisoners were undertaken. Over the period 1956 to 1964, the Japanese prisoners were all released.[3] Between 1959 and 1975, the Manchukuo and Kuomintang prisoners received special pardons and were released in stages. In total over 1300 prisoners had passed through the centre.

The Fushun War Criminals Management Centre was converted, in 1986, to a museum and opened to the public. The War Criminals Management Centre was depicted in several scenes of the 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci film, The Last Emperor, which won 9 Oscars. The center was listed at Major Historical and Cultural Site Protected at the National Level in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puyi; Paul Kramer; Simon Paul Kramer (1967). The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China. A. Barker. pp. 318 pages. 
  2. ^ Fushun zhan fan guan li suo (China), 抚顺战犯管理所, ed. (2005). 日本战犯的再生之地: Zhongguo Fushun zhan fan guan li suo. 五洲传播出版社. p. 221. ISBN 7-5085-0734-7. 
  3. ^ Takashi, Yoshida (2006). The Making of the "Rape of Nanking". Oxford University Press US. p. 268. ISBN 0-19-518096-8.