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The Rape of Nanking
The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II | Iris Chang
Relates an account of the 1937 massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians in Nanking by the invading Japanese military, a carnage for which the Japanese government has never admitted responsibility.
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Only 2 pieces of #BookMail today. First up is this non fiction book about one of the worst massacres of WWII. When the Japanese army rolled into the Chinese city of Nanking in 1937, more than 300,000 men, women & children were raped, tortured then killed in a month. By the time they finally left they had ruined so many lives & the Chinese government just wanted to forget it happened. I heard The Poppy War was based on this & wanted to learn more.

DGRachel I didn‘t know The Poppy War was based on this. Thanks! 1y
CraftELibrarian Heartbreaking history. War is heartbreaking. This made me so emotional and I had to read it for one of my RA classes in college. It's the type of history we don't really hear/learn about yet affected so many through its ripples. From reading this I had a better understanding of what was happening in and around WWII. I felt the author was more neutral and matter-of-fact in telling what happened. It affects me still even just seeing the cover. 1y
CraftELibrarian The audiobook helped me get through most of it. The book also has photographs that were retrieved from the war. Devastating 1y
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Lizpixie @DGRachel no problem! @CraftELibrarian I flipped through the photos when it came, they‘re just horrific. I knew about what the Japanese did in Burma because my husbands grandfather was a Chindits during WWII(black ops British troops that waged guerilla war behind the enemy lines there) but I‘d never heard of this massacre at all. More people need to know about this so it never happens again. 1y
CraftELibrarian It's certainly horrific and I can't begin to imagine how it was to be there first hand. My grandfather was in D-Day and refused to talk about it from what I heard. Before this book I was also unaware of this part of WWII. I do think the book did a good job covering how it got to the tragedy that it became. 1y
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A book I definitely have to read. I‘m currently in Nanjing and took my students to visit the massacre memorial museum the week before last. It‘s harrowing, with it‘s partly excavates grave of 10,000 bodies, and I am moved every time I go there. It‘s also an excellent example of a museum experience.

kspenmoll A few years ago I met a group of people from this area who were giving out pamphlets, books on this at the WWII monument in DC.They were afraid the U.S. citizens were unaware of this horror.Spent a long time speaking with them. They gave me materials in both languages for the World History teacher at my HS. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @kspenmoll I imagine it was a rather full on conversation for you! So many of the photographs in the museum are just horrific (not to mention the pit), and to learn that the soldiers had competitions to see how many people they could kill is heartbreaking. The Japanese have still not apologised and this causes much angst here of course. 2y
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Many are familiar with the dark chapter of history of Hitler‘s army, claiming lives of millions of people, including six million Jews. But few are aware of what happened to millions of people in China from 1937 to 1945. In this book, it finally reveals the #forgotten and perhaps the most gruesome horrors of WW2 - the atrocities and barbarity committed by the Japanese Imperial Army on innocent Chinese civilians. 💔💔💔
#newyearreads #forgotten

Wilkie This was a harrowing read! 2y
LoveToReadLiveToRead We didn‘t touch on this at all in school and I only became aware of it when reading Unbroken. I bet that is a difficult read. (edited) 2y
julesG Mo Hayder based the back story of her gruesome thriller Tokyo/The Devil of Nanking on what happened back then. 2y
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Dulcinella @julesG I thought Mo Hayders book was excellent. But what an horrible event it must have been:-( 2y
julesG @Dulcinella I hope humankind has learned from the mistakes and horrors of the past. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 2y
MiyakoBunny I just got a graphic novel for the #LetsGetGraphicWeekLongMarathon that touches on this 2y
DivineDiana I am one of the unaware. 😓 2y
Izai.Amorim The worst thing is, while Germany took responsibility for its past, paid reparations, and never let anyone forget that they did it (school curriculum), the Japanese deny everything they‘ve done. No regrets, no repentance. Really sick. 2y
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Here is my #fictionnonfictionpairing
I have read Nanjing, the burning city, but not yet The Rape of Nanking...

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This history of the occupation of Japanese forces in Nanking, China #mademecry a lot. It was a tough read, made all the worse because it was an historical account of a real event. This made a George RR Martin book look like a fairy tale. But it was an important read because it was certainly not a subject that was even mentioned in passing in US schools. #somethingforsept

Lakesidemusing I remember hearing the author interviewed years ago. Have been curious about this book ever since... 3y
RealLifeReading And it was also really sad to read about Chang's depression and suicide 3y
Laura317 I will have to add it to my books on China collection. Sounds like a difficult book to read. 3y
kammartinez I read this while doing research on comfort women for a paper while I was at uni. I rarely ever get nightmares, but this book haunted me - especially the horrific photographs. That was a rather bad week. 3y
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