The transcript below is from the video “This Man Kept Fighting for 30 Years After the War Was Over” by #Mind Warehouse.

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Fantasy writers love to write about time travel and fans dream about experiencing it, but what about people who didn’t travel in time, but instead were forced to be stuck in it? They’ve been living for months and even years isolated from the world while other people make history and humankind moves on without paying attention to those who are left overboard. And for no reason because their lives are some of the most interesting in the world. Anyway better to see it for yourself let’s get it on.

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Hiroo Onoda

The Japanese Hiroo Onoda was born on March the 19th 1922 and joined the Japanese Army in 1942. He was selected for a special training and attended the Nakano school- a training centre for intelligence officers. Onoda studied guerrilla warfare, philosophy history, martial arts propaganda and secret operations. On December 26 1944, he and a group of soldiers were sent to Liu Bang Island in the Philippines. A notice order stated among other things that under no circumstances should he surrender (You’ll see why we are stressing this).

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When American troops landed on the island on February 28th 1945 and the last Japanese fled Major Yoshimi Taniguchi gave Lieutenant a note of his last orders. Once again he told him not to give up. “It could take three years maybe five but whatever happens we’ll come back for you”, the major promised. After a while Lieutenant Onoda who trained in guerrilla tactics and three of his remaining fellow soldiers found leaflets announcing the end of the war but they thought it was just enemy propaganda and ignored it. The war was really over but nobody could convince Onoda and his troops of that.

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They built bamboo huts, stole rice and other food from villages and killed cows. The soldiers were tormented by tropical hates, rats and mosquitos and they were constantly repairing their uniforms and keeping their rifles in good condition. They didn’t even think about surrendering. Believing that the war was still going on, they evaded American and Philippine search groups and regularly attacked the Islanders who they considered to be enemy guerrillas but this could not last forever. In 1950, one of a notice men surrendered and another died. The third died in 1972 in a clash with a local population. The Lieutenant was then left alone. Perhaps Hiroo Onado would never have returned from his war had it not been for the Japanese adventurer, Norio Suzuki. Suzuki was convinced that the Lieutenant who had long been declared dead had managed to survive in the jungle, which meant he had to be found.

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He did find him and the search took only four days. Onado and Suzuki then became friends but the lone soldier still refused to surrender saying that he was waiting for the order of a superior officer. Suzuki returned to Japan with photographs as evidence of what had happened. The Japanese authorities then tracked down Maitreya Tanaguchi who is already a bookseller and sent him to Onoda. To enhance the effect he was accompanied by the brother of the lone soldier. Only after the former major freed Onoda from military duties did he agree to give up. The man saluted, surrendered his weapon and cried. When an order arrived in Tokyo he was a national hero he was met by his aging parents and huge crowds of enthusiastic people.

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Sometime after he was examined by doctors who found him in a surprisingly good condition. Onoda also received a military pension and signed a $160,000 contract for his members because he really had a lot to tell. Just imagine 29 years of guerrilla warfare. Onoda died on January the 16th of 2014 at the age of 91 but his story is still an example of patriotism and incredible persistence.

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Marin Karimi Nasseri

Many people would think that this is just an urban legend and let’s face it, it might as well be. Nevertheless, it is absolutely true. Moreover something like this can happen to each of us, at least in theory. Marin Karimi Nasseri was born in Iran to a local doctor and a British nurse but this information is not confirmed. The facts about his youth remain a mystery, however, it is known that Nasseri studied in the UK and then returned to his home country. There he drew the attention of local authorities and was soon expelled from the country without a passport for his protest activities; at least that’s what Nasseri himself claimed.

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Although investigation showed that he had never been deported from Iran. For a time, Nasseri behaved like an ordinary political refugee. He traveled to the capitals of Europe in search of an asylum. He was denied entry to all the countries he turned to until four years later, he was granted refugee status in Belgium. Now he could obtain citizenship of any European country, but Mehran turned out to be very selective. He spent six years in Belgium before deciding that he had a future in the UK; after all his mother was born there which meant that he had some family roots. Nasseri took a train to Paris to fly from there to London but on the way he lost his documents, including the very papers that confirmed his refugee status.

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Obviously the briefcase was simply stolen and any other person would have immediately stopped travelling- no one travels between countries without documents. Nevertheless Nasseri continued his journey and even got on the plane (yes, the French authorities at Charles de Gaulle Airport allowed him to travel even though that simply couldn’t have ended well). As expected, the lack of documents was noticed immediately upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport. The man didn’t even get beyond passport control. He was immediately seated on a return flight and sent back to France. There, Nasseri was arrested but then released because his entry to the airport was legal and he didn’t have a country of origins to return to. That’s how his life at Terminal One began.

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Nasseri set up a temporary camp on a bench at Terminal one and managed to find a lawyer. The latter forcing vain with the French authorities to obtain some status for his client. Then he turned to Belgium but failed there as well. In the country that gave asylum to Nasseri, they refused to send new documents by mail and agreed to issue them only if he came to collect the papers in person: a vicious circle. Nasseri couldn’t travel to Belgium without the documents but he couldn’t get the documents without travelling to Belgium. In 1995, the Belgian authorities did give him permission to enter the country but only on the condition that he would live there under the supervision of a social worker. Nasseri refused.

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Later both France and Belgium offered necessary residence permits, but he refused to sign again. This time it was because they stated that he was Iranian and he wanted to be British. Also the papers didn’t have the name that Nasseri preferred. He only responded to the British name: Sir Alfred Mehran. It seemed like this was really important to him; so important that he continued to live at the airport, sleeping on a bench, eating at the bistro table and washing in the toilet. This went on for 18 years. Despite these seemingly horrible conditions, Nasseri clearly felt safe in the terminal. He even built a unique relationship with the staffs.

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For example, he was regularly visited by a doctor. All these years, the man spent reading, keeping a diary and studying economics. He received food and newspapers from the airport staff and also often met with journalists. Nasseri’s stay at the airport ended in July 2006 when he was hospitalized and his house was dismantled. The man was later looked after by the French Red Cross. Nasseri lived in a hotel near the airport and in 2008 he moved to a Parisian shelter where he still lives. And you probably think that you’ve heard a similar story somewhere before; a man forced to live in the airport for a long time. That’s right! What happened to Nasseri is very similar to the movie Terminal. In 2003, the producer company DreamWorks paid the airport resident 250,000 dollars for the rights to its history but it was never used.

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Sergei Krikalev

If the previous participants of our video were stuck on earth then Sergei Krikalev has a completely different story. He was forgotten in space. Well not exactly forgotten-after all an astronaut is not Kevin McCallister-but his story still deserves attention. During his career Krikalev performed six space flies with a total duration of 803 days 9 hours 39 minutes and 9 seconds. He made eight spacewalks with a total duration of 41 hours and 26 minutes. Krikalev’s story began in the USSR and this is exactly why we want to talk about him. The astronaut left for a second flight on May the 18th 1991 from the territory of the Soviet Union. It was already clear that the country was collapsing but the USSR was still holding on. Krikalev was sent on the transport ship-the Soyuz TM-12- as a flight engineer.

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The crew also included Commander Anatoli Artsebarsky and Helen Sharman, a British astronaut researcher. Everything went according to plan. The crew of the space expedition successfully completed all the missions and was going to return home but the events on earth made things difficult. The Soviet Union was falling apart and the spaceport from where the ships were launched was located in Kazakhstan. To get a discount on its use, Moscow agreed to send a Kazakh cosmonauts and an Austrian astronaut with him to orbit. Initially, the newcomers would replace the team of the Soyuz TM-12, but it turned out that they were simply not ready to spend much time in space. Krikalev had to stay at the orbital station but of course if there had been an accident the astronaut would have been sent home but all the equipment works and Krikalev continued his mission.

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At that time, Russia and the independent country of Kazakhstan where they’re starting base for manned missions is located, were trying to agree on its joint use. It’s hard to imagine how Krikalev felt left in space by a country that no longer existed. The situation was pretty bad and there were even some problems with supplies. For example asking for lemons and honey became a real problem. Previously, honey had been delivered from the former Soviet republics but because of the collapse of the country, they stopped supplying it.

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Eventually Krikalev spent 311 days 20 hours and 34 seconds in orbit. He was awarded the title of ‘Hero of the Russian Federation’. However after returning to Earth, the Space Robinson soon went back to the stars. Krikalev took part in the flight STS 60-the first joint U.S. Russian flight on a reusable launch system. Today, Sergei Krikalev is the first deputy director-general of the central research institute of mechanical engineering for manned programs and is perhaps the most famous Soviet cosmonaut in the world after Yuri Gagarin.




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