The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II

The Rape Of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II In December in what was then the capital of China one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking Nanj

  • Title: The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II
  • Author: Iris Chang William C. Kirby
  • ISBN: 9780465068357
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking Nanjing and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered than 300,000 Chinese civilians Amazingly, the stIn December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking Nanjing and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered than 300,000 Chinese civilians Amazingly, the story of this atrocity one of the worst in world history continues to be denied by the Japanese government.Based on extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents in four different languages many never before published , Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, has written what will surely be the definitive, English language history of this horrifying episode one that the Japanese have tried for years to erase from public consciousness.The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives that of the Japanese soldiers who performed it of the Chinese civilians who endured it and finally of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved almost 300,000 Chinese It was Chang who discovered the diaries of the German leader of this rescue effort, John Rabe, whom she calls the Oskar Schindler of China A loyal supporter of Adolf Hitler but far from the terror planned in his Nazi controlled homeland, he worked tirelessly to save the innocent from slaughter.But this book does than just narrate details of an orgy of violence it attempts to analyze the degree to which the Japanese imperial government and its militaristic culture fostered in the Japanese soldier a total disregard for human life.Finally, it tells one shocking story Despite the fact that the death toll at Nanking exceeded the immediate deaths from the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and even the total wartime casualty count of entire European countries , the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to court the loyalty of Japan and stifle open discussion of this atrocity Indeed, Chang characterized this conspiracy of silence, which persists to this day, as a second rape.

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    1. Gripping--As a Japanese, it pisses me off how history turned out for the Class A war criminals who never got reprimanded or punished after the war, and it pisses me off all the more for the government's steady and FUCKED-UP denial of its past war crimes. Both the ultranationalists and those conservative politicians who outright label the incident a mere "fabrication" and "lie" deserve to die right away without mercy of any kind. In Germany, it's punishable by law to deny Holocaust. In Japan, the [...]

    2. * Any comments regarding politics will be dealt with. Flagged, blocked, accompanied by one of my endlessly innovative insults. Take your political opinions elsewhere, the few of you who think this is bloody Facebook. I'm not interested.”Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances.”A beloved European friend, who’s currently living in Changzhou, has been pestering me to read this book for months. I was unwilling. [...]

    3. Iris Chang committed suicide. I can't help wondering if doing the research for this book didn't create or deepen her depression. She was an obviously passionate person and turning that passion loose on uncovering what really happened in Nanking in December 1937 must have shook her deeply.Just reading it shook me deeply.As a history major in college, I was aware of the allegations against the Japanese in WWII, not just in Nanking but all over S.E. Asia. As an ongoing student of WWII and someone w [...]

    4. By far the most painful book I have ever read and yet a book that should be READ, passed on, READ, passed on, READ and passed on and ON so that new generations of people learn what those forever silent can't relate to their loved ones because they themselves have been Massacred I came across this book having just finished White Chrysanthemum a historical fiction account of The Comfort Women and wanting to read more on this time in history I found this book.The Nanking Massacre was an episode of [...]

    5. Is #JeSuisCharlie still trending on Twitter? Or, rather, is it still fashionable to bleat and moan about "freedom of speech" without mention of the First Amendment Zones in Ferguson, the labeling of protesters as looters and militants by mass media, this particular gem of a post, and so many other violations of the right to speak that aren't saturated enough with European imperialism to merit the world's attention? Just look how the Boko Haram massacre of thousands was received by a world in mou [...]

    6. I read this book in 1999 and was surprised to find that it was not on my GR list. I was not writing detailed reviews at the time so my single paragraph will have to suffice, but I did take down a few significant passages from the book, and pasted those at the bottom.This book tells of the Japanese destruction, truly a "rape" of Nanking in December 1937. It is estimated that up to 350,000 people were murdered within a few weeks, many horribly. The Japanese have never acknowledged this atrocity, a [...]

    7. Okay, I waited for the holiday season to be over before I put this review. The review contains information of gruesome violence and depressing images. If you want to stay in good mood, don't read it. I don't think it will change anything.(view spoiler)[“The Japanese, I learned, sliced babies not just in half but in thirds and fourths, they said; the Yangtze River ran red with blood for days.”“Chinese witnesses saw Japanese rape girls under ten years of age in the streets and then slash the [...]

    8. ETA: There is much more in this book than the simple listing of atrocities committed. How came it to be that the Japanese soldiers lost all natural sense of right and wrong? Why did the world look away? Why has punishment never been allotted? What can be done to prevent this from happening again? All of these questions are addressed in the book. (Michael, I am adding this for you.)**************** EVERYBODY should read this book. Yes, that means YOU. I am annoyed:at myself. I have had this on my [...]

    9. Rape of Nanking is mainly discussing TWO injustice set of actions by Japanese officials to Nanking population (including some foreigners. This book discuss some Westerners that saved many lives, and of course regarding Nanking massacre it is unavoidable to mention International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone). The FIRST injustice is the massacre itself at late 1937-early 1938. If you don't aware about the incident, this book is an eye-opening. And you don't have to stop with this book in [...]

    10. This is a well-presented account of the systematic slaughter of Chinese civilians and prisoners by Japanese soldiers in 1937 and a thoughtful journalistic probing of its causes and reasons for its minimalization in the broad cultural mindset. It is painful to pursue such dark chapters in human history as a reader. Maybe it’s healthy to turn away from the details, like not looking closely if you witness a car wreck. Or to objectify such depradations, wall them off a bit as aberrations of war or [...]

    11. I am by no means an expert on WWII or history in general. I find it interesting and fascinating, and am interested in WWII stories more than many other eras, simply because it was just such an active point in our (relatively) recent history, and there was just so much horrific shit going on. But despite my interest in this era, I'd never even heard of this little corner of depravity and horror. Never heard of the Nanking Massacre in school, never stumbled across it in any form during my three de [...]

    12. this book is what it is - which is shoddy, shoddy history. it is, however, excellent, excellent memory. (ahh, see how compelling this distinction can be??) chang is a journalist, but she doesn't seem to be one in this book, as she blindly does what she accuses the japanese of doing - which is presenting a one-sided reality. no matter what chang said, the captions on the pictures were mislabeled. the japanese historians - by which i mean, historians focused on japan - resoundingly pointed out err [...]

    13. The Rape of Nanking is an important work of historical non-fiction written by Iris Chang. This book was instrumental in bringing greater attention in the Western world to Japanese atrocities during WWII. Chang notes the Rape of Nanking and other war time atrocities committed by the Japanese were not (at the time of writing) acknowledged widely in Japanese society, and still to this day are denied by Nationalist politicians in Japan, or dampened by apologists.Chang's book details the Nanking (Nan [...]

    14. Just try to picture the most horrid, awful, and brutal in humanity ever since you learned about the German Holocaust, and you will only touch the tip of the iceberg in discovering the events of Nanking. This book makes your blood run cold and your belief in humanity take a millions steps backwards. It is not a book to be read by the faint of heart, but one that gives you all the harrowing details of how people who think they are superior to all others take the lives of those they consider below [...]

    15. When we think of WWII and the atrocities that occurred, the genocide of the European Jewish population immediately comes to mind, but as the sub-title of this book indicates, there is a forgotten holocaust that has received little to no attention. Known as the Rape of Nanking, the civilian death toll (300,00 is the estimated number) exceeded that in some European countries during the entire war. Why have these horrors been basically overlooked in the history of WWII? The author divides the book [...]

    16. Brutally shocking and disturbing, The Rape of Nanking is one of few books to accurately describe a horrific event of the past which many westerners don't know about. It's a very sad and terrifying story, but definitely worth it.

    17. Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.I’ve attempted to review this book several times over the past few months since I read it in September, 2017 but I am unable to do it justice. How do you talk about such cases of mass rape where all hope was abandoned? Where the people who say they stand for democracy have continued to look away? And where the victims continue to be ignored and shamed for the violence committed against them? I don’t know how to rightly talk about any of these th [...]

    18. Not the most systematic history, but instead a frightening compilation of memories. There are a few nagging stylistic or minor technical errors, but this should not detract from the sheer scale of this atrocity, and Chang's remarkable effort in bringing it to light in Western scholarship.

    19. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to history. I know very little, and what little I do know tends to cluster around Ancient Greece and wars that the U.S. was engaged in. The pathetic information I have stored about World War II consists of 1) German Nazis killed millions of people. 2) Stalin killed millions of people. 3) The Japanese bombed Peal Harbor. 4) We put Japanese-Americans in internment camps. 5) Plutonium and Uranium bombs were dropped on the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Somewhere [...]

    20. This was devastating, absolutely tragic. What the Chinese and POWs went through during WWII by the hands of the Japanese is worse than the Nazi regime terror. I can't talk about this.

    21. On December 13th, 1937, Nanking fell to the Japanese. In the next six weeks, the Japanese committed the infamous Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, during which an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed, and 20,000 women were raped.I am honestly ashamed that I never knew about this massacre previously. I am so glad I picked up this book, it was interesting and incredibly eye opening. I feel like it gave a very well rounded description of the atrocities that happened [...]

    22. In December 1937 the Japanese army took the city of Nanking,which was then the capital of China. What followed was a massacre of defenceless POWs and civilians, projected at 300,000 to 400,000 though no one will ever know the true numbers.This slim book is an expose of an often overlooked war crime, and one for which many of the perpetrators got off scot free. It sets out in often sickening detail the inhumane actions of the Japanese army, most affecting for me was the execution contests where f [...]

    23. Just before starting this review I discovered that the author, Iris Chang, committed suicide due mostly to depression and sleep deprivation. I can't help but wonder how much her research and experience with this book had to do with her condition. I have read many books concerning the atrocities committed by mankind against his fellow mankind, most notably, the Jewish holocaust and the attempted annihilation of the American Indians. But I do not think I have ever read of an event as horrible as t [...]

    24. Due to the nature of this book, I decided first not to demean its contents and the events of history with a rating.I think it is first important to establish that the events that took place in Nanking during the invasion and its occupation did happen to horrific degrees. This book explores the very real deaths of an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians at the hands of the Japanese army during WWII. As for this book, my thoughts are brief. As a book on a historical event, I found it s [...]

    25. Iris Chang’s passionate account of the 1937 Nanking Massacre of 300,000 innocent people sends shivers up the spine. As someone who has read far too many histories of murder, rape and torture, I was still deeply affected by Chang’s descriptions of extreme cruelty and the total savagery of the perpetrators. I’ll avoid the details but suffice it to say this book takes a strong stomach to read as it does to look at the included pictures. So why should it be read? Chang’s reason is so the mas [...]

    26. The Rape of Nanking was an experience. I’d finished this book several weeks ago but couldn’t write about it for some time because of the emotional toll reading this took on me. Reading this book I felt profound emotion, the most surprising of them was shame. I felt shame for not having realized this massacre for my entire 36 years of life. I felt shame for the human race - that something could cause us to behave so sadistically, so heartlessly. And finally shame for not having seen genocide [...]

    27. The book was published in 1997. Seven years after, Iris Chang (1968-2004), probably due to the pressures from Japanese revisionists for writing this book among others, killed herself. One of her three suicide notes says:"There are aspects of my experience in Louisville that I will never understand. Deep down I suspect that you may have more answers about this than I do. I can never shake my belief that I was being recruited, and later persecuted, by forces more powerful than I could have imagine [...]

    28. After all the hype, I found this book to be a bit disappointing. It was a bestseller, largely I suspect because it blew the English-language lid off a major Japanese WWII atrocity. The book isn't long -- about 220 pages -- nor does it have much to say about the Rape of Nanking itself, an awful, brutal rampage in which the Japanese army ran amok in the captured city, looting, burning, torturing, and killing over 300,000 (over 400,000?) civilians and disarmed combatants alike and raping (and other [...]

    29. Looking back upon millennia of history, it appears clear that no race or culture has a monopoly on wartime cruelty. The veneer of civilizations seems to be exceedingly thin--one that can be easily stripped away, especially by the stresses of war.Back in early 2000, I had the privilege to treat a patient who, as a college grad, had immigrated from China to the US. During one of our many conversations she began to tell me a shocking story which involved Japanese brutalities, including the slicing [...]

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