War Responsible Personnel

Harry Elmer Barnes, commenting on Prof. Hoggan’s visit to West Germany in April-May, 1964, and his hasty reception by Bonn and the media, wrote, “The German situation in 1964 is a case of fantastic political masochism without parallel in human history. I know of no other instance in history where a people have almost frantically sought to cast the dark shadow of guilt upon themselves for a public crime they did not commit — exclusive responsibility for the second world war. . . . in 1964, those who sought the truth about 1939 were being vilified and even exposed to prosecution as public criminals by the Bonn Government.” (Unpublished manuscript, Malibu, Calif. 1 July 1964)

1964年のドイツ情勢は、私の知識に限って、人類の歴史に先例のない珍妙な自虐政治の状態であろう、人々は狂うほど彼らが犯さなかった公共凶行の罪の暗雲  第二次世界大戦へ自国にある一方的な責任  を自分自身に投げかけようとする。
[へた訳 by 2c34]

同病の敗戦同士 Masao Maruyama, an authority on History of Japanese thought, recalls that in the immediate post-war years, “all intellectuals, from their varying standpoints and in their varying spheres of concern, experienced a shared emotion: self-criticism” and formed a “community of contrition” (Barshay 1998, 282).

  Mansaku Itami AUG. 1946 Japanese article: War Responsible Personnel
Random note, 26 JUL 2018, by Most.Cyak@gmail.com

Its original title means “The Question of War Responsible Personnel” is a 1946 product, written one year after WW2 ended, by Japan’s movie director Mansaku Itami.  At then time, even movie industry started to identify those artists whose products praising war efforts, and Mr. Itami neglectly let one “cultural” group using his name on their accusers’ list.  This article is about his opinion (not severe, just basically) that he felt no interest to do such job.

And then Mr. Itami said, if not he himself been laid bed by illness during wartime, it’s very likely he would have made some “guilty” movie, so how can he stand up accuse others for that?  During wartime, everyone (probably) sincerely believed “if we lose the war, myself, my family, my relatives, my hometown, my country, can be ruined.” so he also heartedly hoped for victory.

But, after the war, people just say they were cheated.  By whom?  Mr. Itami asks if go by this reasoning, everyone was just be cheated, then inevitably there must be merely two or one man of the highest position that successfully cheated hundred million people, but, that’s impossible, he concluded.  So, Mr. Itami thought, most of the people were mutally playing the game of “be cheated” and “cheating others” under the atmosphere of war excitement.

He named it “slave-nature” is the root of that situation, and Japanese people each individual is better to do reflection on himself and get rid of such slave-nature, only by this way, to avoid future catastrophe.

Well, I guess Mr. Itami was wrong, slave-nature does not exclusive to his fellow countrymen, only by mobilizing one nation does no effect.  To avoid future catastrophe, all people around the world must get understood we are all in slave-status, and unless we awake to that and change it in a manner of Blitzkrieg, mankind will forever stay in that status.