Analysis: The Rape Of Nanking

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The Rape of Nanking
History states that Japan and China have been at war for decades. Throughout the years, the acts of violence have been gradually increasing. In 1937, the Japanese began a war that left more than 300,000 Chinese men, women, and children dead. The atrocities committed were just the beginning to a year of genocide. The Rape of Nanking will go down in history as one of the most brutal acts of bloodshed throughout all of China.
During the nineteenth century, a war was fought between the Qing Dynasty and the Empire of Japan. Since then, there has been a feud between the countries over power, involving colonialism and racism. Although, there is speculation that the atrocities that occured during World War II can not be assigned
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Years later, Facing History and Ourselves took three testimonies from Chinese survivors who lived beyond the torture. When Sunshi was the first to speak. “When the Japanese entered the city on the December of 1937, many retreating Chinese Nationalist troops attempted to cross the river to escape, with some even coming to my house to board. When the sky was getting dark, my entire family took refuge at the nearby [Hutchinson International]. One day, six or seven Japanese troops arrived, all of them armed with guns, knives hanging by their waists. They took six or seven maidens from the crowd of refugees. I was among those taken. [] One Japanese soldier forced me into an empty room. Once we were both in the room, he used a knife to force me to take off my pants—I would be killed if I didn’t. I was thus raped in this manner. [] I personally watched as the Japanese troops massacred many people.” The next testimony came from Chen Jiashou. “When the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Nanjing in 1937, I was living in a small Nanjing district with my Uncle, Mother and Father, my two brothers and my sister. At that time, I was only 19 years old. [] … because of some casual remarks I made while lining up, I was taken by some nearby Japanese soldiers and brought to a pond adjacent to Shanghai Road. Having not stood there for more than two minutes, I watched as a group of armed Japanese soldiers hustled several lines of about two hundred Chinese troops toward the edge of the pond, surrounding them with weapons to prevent them from escaping. Thus, the instant the Japanese soldiers opened fire on us all, I immediately fell toward the ground, faking my death. Struck by the flying bullets, my Chinese comrades all piled up on my body. Right up till it got dark and the Japanese soldiers had all

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