[Marxism] The rape of Nanking

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 07:22:14 MDT 2017

Today's selection -- from *Chiang Kai-Shek* by Jonathan Fenby.

The so-called "Rape of Nanking" witnessed atrocities that were among the
most horrifying in the history of war. It was part of the Second
Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937 when Imperial Japan invaded China
under Chiang Kai-Shek. Casualties in that war were estimated at between 20
and 35 million people. Nanking was the capital of the Republic of China and
was upriver from Shanghai, China's wealthiest and most important commercial
city, which had already fallen to the Japanese:

"The Rape of Nanking was unique as an urban atrocity not only for the
number of people who died but also for the way the Japanese went about
their killing, the wanton individual cruelty, the reduction of the city's
inhabitants to the status of subhumans who could be murdered, tortured, and
raped at will in an outburst of the basest instincts let loose in six weeks of
terror and death. The death toll was put at 300,000 -- some accounts set it
even higher, though one source for the former figure, Harold Timperley of
the *Manchester Guardian*, used it to refer to deaths in the Yangtze Valley
as a whole.


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