In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 360,000 Chinese civilians were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered--a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Using extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents, Iris Chang has written what will surely be the definitive history of this horrifying episode. The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and 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. Among these was the Nazi John Rabe, an unlikely hero whom Chang calls the "Oskar Schindler of China" and who worked tirelessly to protect the innocent and publicize the horror. More than just narrating the details of an orgy of violence, The Rape of Nanking analyzes the militaristic culture that fostered in the Japanese soldiers a total disregard for human life. Finally, it tells the appalling story: about how the advent of the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Indeed, Chang characterizes this conspiracy of silence, that persists to this day, as "a second rape."
This torrent is dedicated to the memory of the more than 360,000 people killed in the Rape of Nanking. It contains the rare book Undeniable History in Photographs, as well as the English, Chinese, and Japanese versions of Iris Chang's book. It is unzipped so you may choose to download only the files you want. The ISBN numbers are 096322316X 0140277447 4886836178 and 7506010526.
I am astonished that Chiang Kai Shek in the crowning act of his tour de force of inept self-serving micro-management, ordered his army to withdraw halfway through the defense and abandoned his people to slaughter. I am astonished at the barbarity of the Japanese. And I am most astonished of all at how the Japanese continue to deny and cover up the Rape of Nanking even 50, 60, 70 years after the event.