Remembering Nanking

Seventy-five years ago, on December 13, 1937, the world saw firsthand the scope of horror which followed the marriage of totalitarianism and modern technology.  The Rape of Nanking, which lasted for weeks and produced perhaps 380,000 tortured and murdered women, children, and men, happened while the world watched.  The sheer rate of murder has not been surpassed in modern history.  The total number of deaths at Treblinka and Auschwitz was greater than at Nanking, but the rate of dying was not.  The Gulag absorbed tens of millions of innocents with perhaps twenty million dead, but this happened over decades. The savagery of Japanese soldiers at Nanking appalled European missionaries and businessmen, who had seen mind-numbing carnage twenty years earlier in the First World War.  The sheer scale of rapine was not exceeded until the Red Army marched as our "liberating ally" through Eastern Europe and raped, often to death, young girls, old women, and pregnant...(Read Full Article)

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