Memory of the World

Japan – Return to Maizuru Port—Documents Related to the Internment and Repatriation Experiences of Japanese (1945-1956)

When the Japanese Empire collapsed due to defeat in World War II in 1945, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 Japanese military personnel and civilians were interned in labour camps in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum has a unique and extensive collection of materials related to the internment and the survivors’ repatriation from 1945 to 1956.

Photos: © Maizuru City

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