The rape of Nanking : the forgotten holocaust of World War II
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New York : BasicBooks, 1997.
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Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
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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 more 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 more 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 more 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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Book
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First edition.
Physical Desc:
xi, 290 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Street Date:
9712.
Language:
English
ISBN:
0465068359, 0140277447
Lexile measure:
1280

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Chang, I. (1997). The rape of Nanking: the forgotten holocaust of World War II. First edition. New York: BasicBooks.

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Chang, Iris. 1997. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. New York: BasicBooks.

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Chang, Iris, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. New York: BasicBooks, 1997.

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Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. First edition. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. Print.

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