Japanese Occupation of the Philippines - Evidence of Atrocities

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Many, many people in the Philippines died during Japan's occupation during World War II. 

This image depicts evidence of atrocities against Filipino and Spanish people living in Manila during February of 1945.  The U.S. Army Signal Corps describes this image:

Slaughtered Bodies in Ft. Santiago Dungeon Cell

The photo is included in the Report on the Destruction of Manila and Japanese Atrocities: February 1945.  Note that this official document is very difficult to read and its pictures are extremely disturbing.

The report includes more details about the background of this photo:

Report of Atrocities, Fort Santiago, Intramuros
City of Manila

View taken from doorway of dungeon-cell (reference to report paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on page 3; and 2 and 3 on page 4).  Note cage-like bars inside the room.

The referenced paragraphs include these words:

In Intramuros [a religious community area of Manila] the greater part of the Spanish religious men were conducted by the [Japanese] military police to Fort Santiago, then to the St. Agustin Church, and finally to two shelters in front of the Cathedral.  They were penned into these shelters, then hand grenades were thrown in amongst them, the entrances then being covered with gasoline drums and earth - literally burying them alive...

...The military revenged itself, killed men, women, and children, without distinction.  Particular cruelty was shown to the religious of Intramuros, to which the few surviving fathers [priests] are competent witnesses.  (See page 3 of the report.)

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.



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