December 13th 1937: Rape of Nanking


Japanese soldiers kill a Chinese civilian


On this day in 1937 the mass murder and rape of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops began in the Chinese capital of Nanking. The incident occurred during the Second Sino-Japanese War following the fall of Nanking to the Japanese. Around 275,000 people were killed, with the horrific brutality continuing for six weeks. The main perpetrators were later found guilty of war crimes and were executed.



Nanking Massacre memorial

Today we remember all those who perished in this act of pure violence, and the Nanking Massacre remains a reminder of the brutality of war.