If you’re in Nanjing today, you probably heard them: sirens that began at 10 am and lasted 33 minutes to commemorate the 250,000 to 300,000 killed during the Nanjing Massacre.
The Japanese began their six-week assault on Nanjing, then the Chinese capital, on December 13, 1937, and the widespread looting, rape, and murder of mostly unarmed civilians has been well-documented. If you haven’t already read it, the most popular book on the subject probably remains Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
(Chang killed herself in 2004, and as Kathleen McLaughlin reported from Nanjing: “Many wonder if the gentle, sympathetic young woman, known here as Chang Shunru, was the massacre’s latest victim.”)
Waiting for the events to commemorate those who died in the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution…
oh, its only ok if its a foreign government murdering Chinese?