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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Paperback – Illustrated, January 10, 2012
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- Lexile measure : 1280L
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0465068367
- ISBN-13 : 978-0465068364
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Item Weight : 11.6 ounces
- Publisher : Basic Books; Illustrated edition (January 10, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot had the corner market on human atrocities, but they had nothing compared to what the Japanese did at Nanking. Nearly 300,000 people raped, mutilated and murdered in a few weeks. A moral outrage of butchery of innocents and the savagery of the Japanese with indisputable evidence that went all the way up to the imperial family.
The acts described in this book are revealing and revolting. The book is an excellent read, captivating and compelling including real life heroes that saved thousands of lives. I was surprised to see this is merely a footnote in history, rarely taught in school and rarely discussed in Japan.
This book is truly a must read.
Being a Vietnam vet I know a little something about war and it was only after I became one that the WWII vets shared their experiences with me -- this was because they knew I could not judge them. Terrible things happen in war which is why it puzzles me when movie critics gush over anti-war movies -- has anyone ever seen a pro-war movie? [This doesn't count the films made about WWII which we had to fight.]
Also, I've been to Yasukuni Shrine, on my way to SE Asia I spent four months as a military policeman in Japan which enabled me to make a few Japanese friends who took me to the shrine. At first I was hesitant about going but I reasoned that I could acknowledge the private Japanese soldier who was probably little different from me. Though I'm glad that I didn't then know that the Japanese still believe that the war criminals hung by the Allies after the war crimes trials are present in spirit at the shrine -- and that the souls of these war criminals are honored there.
The Japanese even recently put up a statue to honor their Kamikaze pilots, these were men who were sent out in airplanes with a bomb, just enough petrol to get them to allied fleets and then commit suicide by crashing their planes into allied ships.
Iris Chang was an amazingly talented soul and I know it must have been very difficult crawling through all this pain, agony, mire and muck to write this Life Story. I've also seen the movie...I can't remember the name of it for the life of me but it was gut wrenching but of course tailored down for viewer consumption so it doesn't capture the explicit pain detailed in this book. A must read for every human being!! Until we shed light in the dark places vile wars and act such as The Rape of Nanking will continue.
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It called to me yesterday and I have just finished it today. Iris brilliantly expressed what many cannot. The stories of those who suffered, true victims of which many perhaps, only brought to light by her book/research, deeply wounded me. Words cannot describe how the way they suffered makes me feel. People like you and me, treated in this inhumane way, is heart wrenching. The Leaders in the Safety Zone are real heroes. Their bravery in the face of death left me open-mouth in shock and awe. All the stories within the book will remain with me forever. I hope those whose stories haven't been told, those who unfortuantely, were sileneced and justice not served are shared with the world eventually, for they deserve to be told.
I am grateful to have read her work and will try my best to share what she wrote and her book to others that may be interested in what happened in Nanking. I hope that someday, it is recognised for what it is, an event in history that should never be forgotten and is rememebered.
There is a good description of elements that required for a whole army and government to turn to barbarism.