The Rape of Nanking

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Nikolina Jovanovic Global Lit Accel Dudek April 4, 2014 Rape of Nanking In late 1937, the Japanese army brutally murdered and assaulted civilians in Nanking, China over a period of six weeks. This event in history was one of the most horrendous and also an event that is rarely talked about or taught in school. This part of history was known as the Second Sino- Japanese war. The Japanese had a contempt for the Chinese people, thinking that they were the lowest race on the planet. China had a benefit by being a larger country and because of that Japan always had something to fear. This war was triggered by many aspects, but one important one was the fact that China had tried to invade the islands of J apan but was never successful.…show more content…
Knowing this Japanese poured into Nanking.” (Chang) When the troops arrived to Nanking, they occupied businesses, banks, warehouses and much more all while shooting innocent people during the process. When people hear about other mass killings they automatically think how horrid the situation must have been but what shocked me the most was the comparison of the Holocaust to the Rape of Nanking. Both events had a similar mindset but the Holocaust was obviously much bigger. It saddened me that the people that experienced the awful tragedies during the Rape of Nanking thought that everyone was going to forget about what happened after the generation dies out. The awful thing about that thought is that it’s going to be true if schools don’t start teaching younger generations about the Rape of Nanking. “Chinese Americans are not just pained to recall the 350,000 inhabitants of Nanking who were murdered after Japan's army captured the city in 1937. They carry the additional burden of knowing that their most fellow citizens hardly suspect the first atrocities of World War 2 took place in what was then China’s capital.” (Grossman) It’s tough for the people of China to live with the fact that this mass murder and rape happened to their people and the fact that people deny the “Rape of Nanking” gives them more reasons to grieve. According to Grossman, rapes were on headlines, banners, and newspapers and
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