The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II is a bestselling 1997 non-fiction book written by Iris Chang about the 1937–1938 Nanking Massacre, the massacre and atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Army after it captured Nanjing, then capital of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
It describes the events leading up to the Nanking Massacre and the atrocities that were committed. The book presents the view that the Japanese government has not done enough to redress the atrocities.
It is one of the first major English-language books to introduce the Nanking Massacre to Western and Eastern readers alike, and has been translated into several languages.
In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking.
Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered – a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
This title presents the history of this horrifying episode.
About the Iris Chang
Iris Chang was born in Princeton New Jersey on March 28, 1968. Both of her parents were university professors who had immigrated from China. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989 and worked for the New York Times, the Chicago Herald Tribune and the Associated Press before starting on a career of writing books. Her second book was this book about the Rape of Nanjing.
This book made her famous, a celebrity. However, due to the nature of this book, it also subjected her to criticism. It made her known as one of the major advocates of a Congressional resolution to urge the Japanese government to apologize for war crimes.
She met with First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1999 to discuss this issue. Iris Chang suffered a nervous breakdown because of working too hard by touring America giving speeches and interviews promoting her books while also working on her next book about the Bataan Death March.
In August, 2004, a man who was assisting her research helped her check into Norton Psychiatric Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was placed on medication for three days and then released to her parents. On November 9, 2004, she was found dead in her car near her home in San Jose, California of an apparent suicide.