Nanking, The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

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        Throughout history crimes have been committed, because of race, or at times religion. Even though there have been many injustices they have been recognized by those who have committed them. Yet, there is the massacre of Nanking that will not be acknowledged by the country [Japan] that brought this injustice to being, or by any other country, even the United States.        ÂÂ

        After the massacre in 1949 the People's Republic of China and the Republic of china were in constant competition for trade and political respect of Japan. Due to economics and politics the U.S. also pushed the massacre out of the history of world war two. Germany had been forced to pay the wartime reparations by Israel, as well as acknowledging its crime. In history books Iris Chang [the author of The Rape of Nanking] found only one book that actually mentioned the Rape of Nanking, which was Robert Leckie's Delivered from Evil: The Saga of World War II it stated "Nothing the Nazis under Hitler would do to disgrace their own victories could rival the atrocities of Japanese soldiers under Gen.

Iwane Matsui." But other than that, very little has been mentioned to the people of the world up until now.

        Iris Chang, the author of The Rape of Nanking, grew up learning of the horror of the "Nanjing Datusha" [the Great Nanking massacre] through her parents. Though they had not witnessed it first hand, they had been children during WWII, and heard the tales, "...they never forgot the horrors of the Sino-Japanese War, nor did they want me to forget." (pg. 6) Throughout her adolescence Iris Chang slowly forgot about the "Nanjing Datusha", having no mention in school and nothing in libraries to remind her. Iris began to believe that it was a myth...