Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

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Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by marek O. » 05 May 2013 10:32

Gentlemen,

I have question rather for our Japanese friends. This situation isn't well known and well described in English. Could any of You give me a full list of names of 9 telephonists on Maoka Post Office, who commited suicide on 20th August 1945, just before Soviet forces entered their building. So far I have name of just one of them:
Itoh Chie, 22, she was supposed to be the one saying last farewells from Maoka.

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Marek

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by hisashi » 05 May 2013 15:26

高石ミキ Takaishi Miki
可香谷シゲ Kagaya Shige
伊藤千枝 Ito Chie
吉田八重子 Yoshida Yaeko
志賀晴代 Shiga Haruyo
高城淑子 Takagi (Takashiro?) Toshiko
沢田キミ Sawada Kimi
渡辺照 Watanabe Teru
松橋みどり Matsuhashi Midori

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by marek O. » 05 May 2013 17:49

Dear Hisashi,

Thank You very much for Your help, and thank You for the list in both versions - English and Japanese.

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Marek

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by Heinrich George » 06 May 2013 22:30

This incident is the subject of two films, one of which was banned for many years.

Karafuto - Summer 1945:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karafuto_1 ... tsu_no_Mon

Fire in the Mist:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiri_no_Hi

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by hisashi » 07 May 2013 05:14

'Karafuto - Summer 1945' was produced by an independent firm JMP. JMP asked a major production with a theater network, Toho for their film. Then Soviet media revealed discomfort on this film (no authoritative person expressed clear demand of stopping the show), and Toho stopped their talk with JMP (not yet contracted). Another network-owner Toei took on the movie, but Toei again cancelled their show in most part of Japan. For the latter, no clear pressure was known, nor any account for the cancel.
On the other hand, an exective of JMP commited a fraud on accomodation bill and arrested. JMP ceased its activity. So the reason why it was almost unscreened and why it was not available for a long time should be regarded separately.

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by marek O. » 07 May 2013 14:46

Dear Hisashi,

I knew about both films and controversy about one of them. I even try to compare list of characters played by different Japanese actresses in one film to a picture with captions [in Japanese], that I have. I've translated few of these captions quite all right, I know now thanks to list You provided, few of them totally wrong, due the fact the captions aren't to clear. None of main characters names is close to real persons names. So, I don't know if You've seen both movies, we can assume that both films are rather variations on the theme than exact account of what happened.

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Marek

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by hisashi » 07 May 2013 17:30

Aha, you are right. Not only ladies, but also say postoffice master Ueda, 88th division commander Mineki etc. were given different name in the movie and telefeature. For reality, it was said that Fire in the Mist was rather fictional than Karafuto - Summer 1945. But even in the latter, it was based on a nonfiction work and some detail seemed wrong after more research was published, say the last word from ladies.

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Re: Maoka Post Office, 20th August 1945

Post by marek O. » 07 May 2013 21:21

Dear Hisashi,

Thank You for all Your help.

Regards,
Marek

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