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Iris Chang

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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang follows the progression of Japanese soldiers from Shanghai to Nanking during World War II and gives account of the horrible atrocities committed by the Japanese military at Nanking. The book begins with a vast number of statistics that serve to show the true massacre of the Chinese people at the hands of the Japanese. It continues by analyzing the path the Japanese took on their way to Nanking, and uses true eyewitness accounts to paint a horrifying picture of destruction. As they reached Nanking, the Japanese military kidnapped women for sex slaves, raped thousands, and murdered tens of thousands. As Nanking fell, thousands more soldiers and citizens alike were systematically slaughtered, mutilated, and tortured, while the women were gang raped to death, beaten, and kidnapped. For six weeks, the citizens of Nanking endured constant...

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