The Rape of Nanjing

June 20, 2011

by Simon Watts/BBC

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A memorial in Nanjing, China commemorates victims of the 1937 'Rape of Nanjing.'

More than 70 years ago, during the Sino-Japanese war, Japan’s army captured the former Chinese capital of Nanjing. Troops then embarked on rape and murder on a massive scale.

The BBC program Witness provides a first-hand account of those tragic events. Simon Watts reports of what is known in China as “The Rape of Nanjing.”