On this edition of C-SPAN's Booknotes
, journalist Iris Chang talks about her book, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
, published in 1997 by Basic Books. The book documents the atrocities visited upon the people in the eastern Chinese city of Nanking by the Japanese military during the early years of World War II. Nanking served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter and who personally saved the lives of countless residents of Nanking. Download Iris Chang's Rape of Nanking. (Original Broadcast Date: November 17, 1997)
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