Rape of Nanking

The lurid descriptions of the atrocities committed by the Japanese at the end of 1937 in the city of Nanking, will leave you gritting your teeth in anger. 

But, what is truly enraging, is the Japanese denial to this massacre they have committed and the lack of justice that was dealt to them.

Iris Chang’s book titled, “Rape of Nanking” seeks to bring this forgotten World War 2 holocaust to light.

The book answers some very important questions regarding the incident. Below are some of the main questions answered:

1. How did the city fall so swiftly to allow the Japanese troops have such a strong hold over the city?

2. Who allowed the Japanese soldiers to kill off so many chinese and even rape countless women?

3. What caused the Japanese soldiers to lose  their humanity?

4. Why did the world ‘forget’ about this incident?

5. How were the Japanese dealt with? Was it enough?

6. Did the Japanese repent? To what extent?

These questions were answered with clarity, laying out potential arguments but ultimately deriving to an answer the author concludes with her research.

This is one of the rare books that make you feel real anger whilst reading it. And it is not conjured by the human imagination but by the  real deeds of people.

It is also a rare book that makes you feel so much of the author’s emotions surfacing. It is after all difficult to conceal ones emotions after learning of such attrocities. The rapidness and raging flow of sentence after sentence is charged with much energy, vigor and emotions of Ms Chang.

I enjoyed none of the book’s vivid descriptions which I will spare my readers but I truly enjoyed seeing the author’s passion in writing it. There is such a powerful sense of purpose in a book. Some thing I have never felt before.

Perhaps, that is the beauty of history books. Its directness. The lessons learnt.

I relayed my anger of learning this part of history to my dad. He reminded me, the most important part of history is to learn from it. A constant message in the book as well. Thus, it is crucial not to let our emotions cloud the objective lessons to be learnt. So that history wouldn’t repeat itself.


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