The Rape of Nanking

analytical Essay
2406 words
2406 words

When most American people think of Germany, they think of sports cars made for the autobahn, sauerkraut, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust. Compared to Germany, when most American people think of Japan they think of sushi, Godzilla movies, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. World War II was such a significant event in history that almost 70 years after it came to an end, today’s younger generations often associate former Axis controlled countries with the war. People around the world are filled with disgust and immense hate when they hear the name Hitler, mainly because of his leadership under the Holocaust; which was the discriminatory mass genocide of 11-17 million people, the vast majority of which were European Jews. Hirohito, former Emperor of Japan, should strike a similar bell with people when they hear his name because Japan carried out genocide on Chinese civilians and soldiers in World War II. Japan’s attack on the Chinese city of Nanking, was one of the most atrocious events in history. This event has been named both the Nanking Massacre and the Rape of Nanking. The torturous, violent techniques used by the Japanese army upon Chinese civilians and soldiers including dehumanizing them, addicting them to drugs, and other perverse and violent acts, are some of the most grosteque methods ever recorded that could only be thought of by sadistic Japanese soldiers. The events committed by the Japanese army in Nanking, are equally as disgusting as the acts that Nazi Germany committed and should become a major topic involved with World War II in the future, despite the lack of light shed on it in the past for various reasons.

Many Americans feel sympathy for the Japanese people, alth...

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...ce of ordinary people, fear of retribution from the Japanese underground they still believed to be in existence… (Yamamoto p. 190).” Even after the war, the Chinese were so traumatized by the vile actions that they were still afraid that the Japanese army would return to treat as livestock once more.

Works Cited

Sheridan, Michael. “Black Museum of Japan’s war crimes.” The Sunday Times. The Sunday Times, 31 July 2005. Web. 31 July 2005.

Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. Print.

The rape of Nanking. Dir. Sammy Jackson. A & E Television Networks, 2002. DVD.

Rabe, John. The Good Man of Nanking: the Diaries of John Rabe. Edited by Erwin Wickert. Translated by John E. Woods. New York: Alfred A. Knope, 1998.

Yamamoto, Masahiro. Nanking: Anatomy of An Atrocity. London: Praeger, 2000. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that japan should become a major topic involved with world war ii in the future despite the lack of light shed on it.
  • Opines that americans feel sympathy for the japanese people, although they bombed the u.s. naval port of pearl harbor, that our atomic bombings of japan, hiroshima and nagasaki, were a much greater crime
  • Recounts how the japanese army invaded and captured the chinese city of shanghai in 1937. they feared the superior japanese would take over nanking and relocated their troops to avoid a hopeless effort.
  • Analyzes how the japanese soldiers took joy from the murdering of the chinese. they had mandatory bayonet practices on chinese civilians and soldiers.
  • Analyzes the sadistic acts that took place in military barracks, which reflect ordinance and how a military is to properly operate, such as forcing chinese families to commit incest.
  • Analyzes how john rabe and other foreigners created a sanctuary for all the chinese people in nanking. the two-faced japanese soldiers performed their acts in the safety zone.
  • Analyzes how the japanese abused the chinese by lighting the building on fire from the base, trapping the civilians inside, and taking pictures to avoid the flames.
  • Analyzes how the nuremberg trials gave the chinese civilians hope when the axis forces surrendered.
  • Describes the diaries of john rabe and erwin wickert's the good man of nanking.
  • Cites sheridan, michael, chang, iris, the rape of nanking: the forgotten holocaust of world war ii.
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