Atrocities aboard Japanese destroyer Akikaze during WWII

Adults executed, babies thrown overboard from Japanese destroyer Akikaze during WWII If you're a history buff, you might have heard of all kind of atrocities that took place during World War II (WWII). However, have you heard about how adults were executed and children thrown overboard while still alive? About Japanese destroyer Akikaze Akikaze

10 things you might not know about Japanese hell ships during WWII

When we look at how Prisoners-of-War (POWs) suffered in internment camps or death marches during World War II (WWII), little do most people know about the atrocities onboard Japanese hell ships. 'Hell ship' describes a ship with extremely inhumane living conditions or with reputation for cruelty among the crew. The term was

Susumi Hoshijima, the Beast of Belsen of Sandakan POW Camp

Captain Susumi Hoshijima (center) Susumi Hoshijima, the Beast of Belsen of Sandakan POW Camp One of the infamous commandants of concentration camps during World War II (WWII) was none other than Josef Kramer. He was the Commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau (from May 8, 1944 to Nov 25, 1944) and of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

‘Fake news’ about Sarawak in The Manila Bulletin in 1931

On Oct 1, 1931, the editor of The Sarawak Gazette published an extract from the Manila Bulletin. Founded in 1900, the bulletin is the Philippines’ largest English language broadsheet newspaper. Published under what the gazette referred as ‘Fiction Column(?)’, the title of the article was “Only one Filipino lives in the British

10 things you might not know about the Sandakan Death Marches

Some of you might have heard of the Sandakan Death Marches. It is a series of forced marches from Sandakan to Ranau cutting through the dense rainforest of Borneo. Overall, there were 2,434 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) died during their internment at Sandakan camp and the marches to Ranau. It is

The mystery behind eight missing priests in Sabah during WWII

One of the worst things when it comes to the atrocities of war is not knowing the fate of your loved ones who went missing. When people went missing during wartime, it became logical to presume they were dead. However, without physical evidence, one may never know the circumstances surrounding their deaths. When