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DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE TERRIBLE EVENT IN MIZUHO GIVEN TO THE SAKHALIN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF LOCAL LORE

Scientific archive of the Sakhalin Regional Museum of Local Lore has received declassified materials of the Japanese criminal case as a result of an inquiry.

The Scientific Archive of the Sakhalin Regional Museum of  Local Lore, as a result of the inquiry work, received declassified materials of the criminal case of the Japanese who in August 1945, before the arrival of Soviet troops on South Sakhalin, committed massacres of peaceful Korean residents of the village of Mizuho (now the village of Pozharskoye). The decision to declassify the documents was greatly influenced by the September 2021 Khabarovsk Forum "The Khabarovsk Process: Historical Significance and Contemporary Challenges" which was attended by museum representatives and by the expiry of the time limits for accessing the documents in question according to the Russian legislation (75 years). The materials obtained include the records of interrogations of the persons under investigation, indictments and convictions of the perpetrators, dating back to 1946.

The events of the massacre of the Japanese in August 1945 are known to Sakhalin residents through the book by Konstantin Gaponenko (1933-2019), a local historian and famous Sakhalin writer. The book, The Tragedy of the Village of Mizuho, was published in 1992 and was reprinted in 2012. Its undoubted merit lies in the artistic embodiment of the real image of what we knew only from terrible rumors and vague Soviet document gossip. However, despite the extreme importance of this work and its interrupted silence about the tragic events, scholarly researchers have so far been unable to reliably examine the events of 1945, which bear witness to the brutality of the Japanese militarists and the senselessness of Korean civilian casualties.

Thus, historians will be able to study the events in Mizuho on the basis of authentic historical sources and create a comprehensive historical record of the tragic events of 1945, which will act as an argument against attempts to falsify the Second World War.

The material was prepared by: Y.I. Din, head of the scientific-editorial department

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