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Public humiliation of Japanese prisoners of war aboard USS New Jersey, Dec 1944, photo 1 of 6

Caption     Public humiliation of Japanese prisoners of war aboard USS New Jersey, Dec 1944, photo 1 of 6 ww2dbase
Photographer    Unknown
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy Courtesy of Robert Elliott
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Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Anonymous says:
30 Jan 2019 04:52:19 AM

Public humiliation?!? How is this public humiliation?!did it ever occur to the ignorant person who captioned this and the other six pictures in this photo series that these Japanese prisoners had just been picked up and rescued at seaup while adrift for God knows how long and were being processed as prisoners of war and being issued clean clothing after being hosed down. If you want to publish humiliation show some pictures of how Japanese treated their prisoners-nowvthat was humiliation!
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
30 Jan 2019 06:14:34 AM

To Anonymous of 30 Jan 2019:

Thank you for visiting WW2DB.

Please see another photo of the same event [ https://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=3780 ]. There was no need for hundreds of men to man the rails to watch someone undress and scrub himself.

In yet another view of the same event [ https://ww2db.com/image.php?image_id=28022 ], you will see cordons were made to make this a public event. If not meant to humiliate the prisoners of war, perhaps it was made to satisfy morale of the ship's officers and men.

I fully agree with you in regards of how the Japanese mistreated their prisoners of war; completely unacceptable either contemporaneously or in retrospect.
3. Anonymous says:
31 Jul 2020 10:02:43 AM

Please forgive me for taking so long to respond back to you. This picture just popped up on your website just now as I was checking it and I saw your reply. Thank you for responding back to my original comment. Also, as other people have commented before this is a very good site with the pictures you post as well as the day to day chronology and information on events, weapons, equipment and biographies because people need(especially my Country-the U.S.) to learn and remember and never forget what happened 75 years ago.

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