Heroes Aren’t Born; They Are Cornered
A retired Air Force officer tells the true story of his father’s efforts to repatriate Japanese from Manchuria.
Escape from Manchuria serves as a reminder to everyone that, despite coming out from a tragic war, peace has been kept between America and Japan because each has treated the other with the utmost respect and understanding.c
Paul Maruyama focuses on the efforts of his father and two other men in taking home 1.7 million Japanese nationals from Manchuria during World War II in his book, Escape from Manchuria.
At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union invaded Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Abandoned by the Japanese government and imperial army, three courageous men risked escape to Japan to save 1.7 million people from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality.
Retired US senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell says, “What a wonderful legacy Paul has left, not only to his own family, but to generations of people to come in two of the world’s great nations, Japan and the United States.”
Escape from Manchuria serves as a reminder to everyone that, despite coming out from a tragic war, peace has been kept between America and Japan because each has treated the other with the utmost respect and understanding.
The book was featured in LitFire Publishing’s booth during the Seoul International Book Fair from June 15 to 19, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Seoul, South Korea.
Escape From Manchuria
The Rescue of 1.7 Million Japanese Civilians Trapped in Soviet-Occupied Manchuria following the End of World War II
Written by Paul Maruyama
Paperback | $27.95
Book copies are available at www.litfirepublishing.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and other online book retailers.
About the Author
Paul K. Maruyama was born in Tokyo in 1941. He competed in the 1964 Olympics and was the head coach of the 1980 and 1984 US Olympic teams in the sport of judo. He taught Japanese at Colorado College until his retirement in 2014. He lives with his wife, LaRae, in Colorado Springs.
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