Nanjing, a Sad History

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In August 1937 a very sad period in the history of Nanjing, and indeed the world began.  Today we visited a monument to this atrocity.

The Nanjing Massacre or Rape of Nanking happened early in the second Sino-Japanese War (China verse Japan 1937- the end of World War II).  During the ensuing occupation over 300,000 Chinese were murdered.

This is one of the most brutal tales of WWII as the Japanese showed no mercy upon the residents of Nanjing.  The monument occuppies a huge spanning space in Nanjing and is built on a mass burial site from the massacre.  Inside is filled with artifacts, historical relics, replicas of the city during the occupation, but most importantly first hand accounts.

Many Japanese men recounted the orders they recieved upon arriving in Nanjing "kill, and rape without regard for young or old, innocence or guilt."  Another man remembered his orders being "kill, pillage, rape, and burn for no reason."  Sadly, there were no shortage of accounts from Chinese who experienced these things.

The museum is filled with accounts of deeds even more terrible than what I’ve described here. In the end it was good to learn more details on a very influential event for the city in which we are living.

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2 thoughts on “Nanjing, a Sad History

  1. A friend of mine is currently reading the Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang. She says that it’s a good book, and that she recommends that everyone reads it. But she also says that it’s absolutely horrible what happened to the Chinese during this period. This comment was especially thought-provoking because she specializes in genocide studies. She said that she’s never read a book like that before. Keep the updates coming.

  2. The sad thing is that this incident still clouds Sino-Japanese relations today — people who were not alive at the time insist on blaming others who weren’t alive at the time, demanding apologies from people in the Japanese government who weren’t even alive at the time, etc.. It is a horrid abuse of the science of history.

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