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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Paperback – January 10, 2012
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China has endured much hardship in its history, as Iris Chang shows in her ably researched The Rape of Nanking, a book that recounts the horrible events in that eastern Chinese city under Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. Nanking, she writes, served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed, unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Likening their victims to insects and animals, the Japanese commanders orchestrated a campaign in which several hundred thousand--no one is sure just how many--Chinese soldiers and noncombatants alike were killed. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter, and who personally saved the lives of countless residents of Nanking. She also suggests that the Japanese government pay reparations and apologize for its army's horrific acts of 60 years ago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA?The events in this book are horribly off-putting, which, paradoxically, is why they must be remembered. Chang tells of the Sino-Japanese War atrocities perpetrated by the invading Japanese army in Nanking in December 1937, in which roughly 350,000 soldiers and civilians were slaughtered in an eight-week period, many of them having been raped and/or tortured first. Not only are readers given many of the gory details?with pictures?but they are also told of the heroism of some members of a small foreign contingent, particularly of a Nazi businessman who resided in China for 30 years. The story of his bravery lends the ironic touch of someone with evil credentials doing good. Once the author finishes with the atrocities, she proceeds with the equally absorbing and much easier-to-take story of what happened to the Nazi businessman when he returned to Germany and the war ended. This by itself is material for a movie. The author tells why the Japanese government not only allowed the atrocities to occur but also refused, and continues to refuse, to acknowledge that they happened. She is quite evenhanded in reminding readers that every culture has some episode like this in its history; what makes this one important is the number of people killed and tortured, the sadism, and the ongoing Japanese denial of responsibility. Mature readers will look beyond the sensational acts of cruelty to ponder the horror of man's inhumanity to man and the examples of heroism in the midst of savagery.?Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a Chinese, I am in a deep shock after reading so many extremely offensive comments from Japanese people repeatedly saying that this book is "nothing but propaganda" and "all the pictures are fabricated". Don't they ever understand there is something called CONSCIENCE in the world? If these are the comments from "genereal" Japanese, do you think they deserve any respect at all? Remember, how people treat you is determined by how you treat people.
>Have these people who hate Japanese witnessed the holocaust by themselves? Do they at least have a connection to the victims? Do they hate any Japanese people in front of them even if they have nothing to do with the war?
>Do they know that this unfounded hatred against a specific race is nothing but racism and nothing different from what the Japanese soldiers used for an excuse to kill Chinese people in those days?
>I would not argue the credability of the content of this book nor agree with the Japanese government's attitude to the history problems.
All of us may not have witnessed or suffered from the holocaust ourselves, but we did witness the prime minister of Japan officially visiting the Yasukuni Shrine every year and praying for the soldiers including those class-A war criminals who killed thousands of our people. We did witness these right-wing Japanese shamelessly fabricating and distorting history in the high-school textbooks. Don't you understand it's nothing about racism? Just imagine if your neighbors killed your brothers, raped your sisters, then their family members claim that everything is fabricated and refuse to apologize to you, will you forgive them? Does it matter whether they are white, black, or yellow skinned? Does it matter whether they are capitalists or communists?
>The only thing I can say is that we have to stop the cycle of hatred. The hatred does not make us move forward. All these offensive comments reminded me of my terrible memories with some of my Chinese friends, at least thost who I believed are my friends.
You again missed the point. This book is not written for the purpose of arousing the hatred against Japanese people, just like the movie Pearl Harbor is not screened to arouse the hatred against Japanese. The hatred does not make us move forward, but history does. If you could never face history and learn lessons from history, it's very likely that history will repeat itself and all of us (including you) will suffer from it.
Finally, thanks Iris for your great effort to make the forgotten holocaust be remembered. Wish you peace in the heaven.
Now you have the idea who is propaganding.