Published on the 60th anniversary of the atrocity, this is a chilling, true account of the 1937 massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians by the invading Japanese military, an action for which the Japanese government has never apologized and never admitted responsibility. With Japan facing mounting criticism over its use of Korean women as forced ...
Published on the 60th anniversary of the atrocity, this is a chilling, true account of the 1937 massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians by the invading Japanese military, an action for which the Japanese government has never apologized and never admitted responsibility. With Japan facing mounting criticism over its use of Korean women as forced sexual servants in WWII, this book will reinforce these issues via the media. photos.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-27 The Japanese sack of the Chinese capital Nanking is surely among the world's worst atrocities. In 1937, Japanese forces captured the city and embarked on an orgy of rape, murder and destruction of property unparalleled in scope anywhere to that date. Estimates of those killed within a few days range upward of 350,000. Chang, a freelance writer, first heard about what came to be known as the Rape of Nanking from her parents, who fled China after WWII and settled in the U.S. The author's extensive research lays bare the depravity of Japanese conduct during the war and the heroic resistance of members of the international community in Nanking, who established a safety zone, at great personal risk, to shelter countless thousands of Chinese refugees. One of the unsung heroes of the tragedy is John Rabe, an influential Nazi German in the city who tried without avail to use his influence with Hitler to stop the massacre. Chang's account also takes Japan to task for failing to acknowledge its role in the bloodbath, noting that many high-level Japanese officials still refuse to admit their country's complicity. Likening the siege of Nanking to the recent genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, the author reminds us that "civilization itself is tissue-thin." A compelling, agonizing chronicle. (Dec.)
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