70th anniversary of the Nanking atrocity

Nanking fell to the Japanese on December 13th, 1937. This amazing sculpture (AP photo) is in the newly expanded Memorial Hall. "The Hall is [sic] built in the eighties when a number of Japanese politicians and writers claimed that the Massacre had never ocurred and history textbooks were rewritten by the authority describing the Massacre as a minor incident." The entranceway exhibits an abundance of skeletons exhumed from the massacre. About 300,000 died at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army, see more facts and pictures.

See my book report on Iris Chang's history, The Rape of Nanking. I have other posts on atrocities and genocide and human rights and history worth reading too.

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