The horrific incident we are going to talk about in this article is called – Nanking Massacre or the Rape of Nanking. This happened between December 1937–January 1938
The atrocities of the Japanese have not really been publicized, though they were actually worse than the Nazis.
We don’t want to look biased but at times we feel like the Japanese gets a free pass for war crimes by the west
What really happened in 1937 in Nanking at that time capital of China?
This incident began with the Japanese who were furious with the Chinese Resistance, and when Nanking, the capital of China, fell in December 1937, Japanese troops immediately massacred thousands of Chinese soldiers who had surrendered to them. The Japanese then rounded up about 20,000 Chinese youths and transported them by truck to the outside of the city walls, where they would be massacred there. Japanese troops then looted the city of Nanking and raped most of the city’s female population.
A large number of rapes were carried out systematically by Japanese soldiers, they went door to door looking for girls and women who were then arrested and gang-raped. And to make matters worse, the women were killed after they were raped.
It is estimated that around 20,000 women including children and the elderly were raped during the Japanese occupation of Nanking city.
For six weeks, everyday Chinese life felt like a nightmare. A group of drunken Japanese soldiers roam the city, they loot, rape and kill civilians as they please. If any civilians were stopped on the street and found they did not have any property, then they would be killed immediately.
During this time, the Imperial Japanese army killed between 40,000 and 300,000 people. This number is the total number of civilians and soldiers killed.
The bodies of thousands of victims of the massacre were dumped into the Yangtze River until the river water turned red due to the corpses of the victims of the massacre. After looting Nanking City, the Japanese burned and annihilated a third of the city’s area.
The Japanese have been extremely successful to portray themselves as “victims” based solely on the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, most people have heard of the innocent victims of Hiroshima but nothing about the innocent victims of Nanking
They are indeed victims, being an aggressor doesn’t exclude one from being one, nor viceversa.
Besides, most of the people killed in the bombings, other attacks, or massacres had nothing to do with the war crimes committed on either side of the war.