塞班有两处Suicide Cliff,顺着路标寻到北端这处有尊雕像的断崖山顶,逆光下拍摄这副纪念雕塑,忧郁的色调与构图,有点触动!日本人骨子里有些极致的东西让人不能理解...

背景:塞班岛北端的自杀崖和万岁崖,在“自发随行”的二战 ... 当年,日本占领军意识到失落塞班岛已成定局,为避免被俘,军人在最北端的断崖,面对象征日本的北边高喊“万岁”而跳海自杀,当地称为“万岁崖”;一般居民则在“万岁崖”的南边高地跳崖自杀,后人称为“自杀崖”。

8 Responses to "塞班之万岁崖(Suicide Cliff)"

  1. Kaifry Says:

    战争...

  2. ILN Says:

    You did go there (the Suicide Cliff); I was going to ask you about that.
    Those Japanese people who jumped off the cliffs DID NOT commit suicide. They were ordered and forced to do the act. All the residents on the Island at that time, women, children, and even babies, were included. They did not have any other choices. The soldiers and officers was the last. But before they jumped, they raped all the high school girl (over one hundred of them and they are all Japanese girls). Can anyone image that! The sad thing is, today’s Japanese people still do not know the truth. Maybe they can’t face the truth. They rather think those people died 61 years ago died gloriously for their emperor and country.

  3. Christina Says:

    被逼迫的说法也曾查到过资料,那些女校学生死前被军人强奸,跳崖死去的人中有妇孺老人......我想那些日本军人当时的心理和精神已经不是正常状态,在那种状态下什么行为都可能发生......这些跳崖而死的行为在他们的后人看来会主观的被看作是效忠天皇的英雄之举。

    下面这张照片也就是被称作“自杀崖”的地方,石碑后面是海。 塞班最北端“万岁崖”前雕像全景。
  4. ILN Says:

    Hey, Y! What do you think the Cross and Statue (showing on the picture about) are there for? Where is the name “Suicide Cliff” came from?
    For more information, you can pay attention to your local PBS TV station (if you are living in the States). It shows lots WWII history related programs, mostly after 9:30pm. Or you can search on PBS.org, they archives all their programs.

  5. ILN Says:

    Thanks Christina for the additional pictures! The “Suicide Cliffs” does not only exist on the Saipan Island. Near the end of the WWII, those types of “suicides” occurred all over the places as allied troops advanced cross the pacific island towards Japan Main Island. There is a “famous” one located on the Okinawa Island; the act (of suicide) was recorded by an American newsman with 8-mm movie camera 61-year ago.

    Y, you will have your chance to view those film footages. And if you have a chance to visit Japan, go visit the place on the Okinawa Island, the cliff still there. Then you can ask a Japanese people about this and to find out their reactions by yourself.

  6. ILN Says:

    Y, I never lived on an island in my entire life. But anyway, what point do you want to make?

    If you are not interested in history and don’t care about history, that’s ok. But do not believe a part of history, that’s not ok. That is ignorance on your part.

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