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Nanjing Massacre: Historical facts speak louder than arguments

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

10-14-2015 16:14 BJT

Chen Xiaoyan, Chief editor of History Channel of tuanjiewang.cn
After eight years of preparations, documents on the Nanjing Massacre from China were inscribed on the Memory of the World Register by the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO's Memory of the World Program.

Nevertheless, Tokyo has sought to block Beijing's efforts to submit documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre and Comfort Women into the World Register. As early as June 2014, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga asked China to withdraw its application.

Tokyo has attempted to block the application by exerting enormous pressure on the International Advisory Committee and had even organized thousands of people for signing petitions against Beijing’s efforts. Yet, history remains irrefutable. China's successful application had triggered shock from Japan, which argued that related organizations of UNESCO lacked fairness. 

On Dec. 13, 1937 when Japanese invaders first occupied Nanjing, they engaged in six weeks of destruction, pillage and slaughter, which were planned, organized and executed by the Japanese Army. Over 300,000 Chinese, including civilians and unarmed soldiers, were murdered, together with countless cases of rape, looting and arson.

The international historian community has listed the massacre along with the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the nuclear explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasakis as the three massacres of World War II.

Statistics reveal that it was a German who first used the term, "Nankinger Massacre". On Dec. 17, 1937, Durdin, a New York Times reporter stationed in Nanjing described the "wholesale atrocities and vandalism at Nanking." On Dec. 20, 1937, a German Embassy clerk in China sent eyewitness reports to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin and the German Embassy in Japan, saying that, "there is no more miserable slaughter than the Nanking Massacre."

The "Nanjing Massacre" first appeared in Chinese in 1938 when on April 5 the news periodical, World Perspective, translated the English-language article, "The Rape of Nanjing" from the South China Morning Post. The account was based on a principal of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in Nanjing, George Fage's description of his personal experiences during that time.

Tokyo had expressed doubts on the authenticity of the documents relating to the Nanjing Massacre. According to the archives and history, if the records of participants, inflicters, victims, and the third party are all unbroken and form complete links of evidence testimony, the historical facts can be confirmed conclusively. China's application conforms with the stringent requirements of UNESCO's Memory of the World Program.

This period of history should be remembered by the whole world for the benefit of future peace. Japan's malignant efforts represent an attempt to cover up its ugly history and have shown an insincere attitude towards atrocities. It is high time for Japan to face up to the facts, reflect on its aggression, correct mistakes, and win over the trust of the international community through practical actions.


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