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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
by Chang, Iris
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1. Were you aware of Japan's attack on Nanking before you read this book? Were you familiar with the animosity between Japan and China during these years?
2. What were your impressions of John Rabe? How did his support for Hitler affect your opinion of him and his actions in Nanking?
3. The attack on Nanking was very brutal, leading do the death of over 100,000 people. How were the city and its residents able to recover from the attack?
4. How do you think the Japanese soldiers were able to commit such brutal acts against the people of Nanking? Were their actions similar to what has happened in other wars?
5. Is it possible for individuals, and for nations, to forget past atrocities and work together? Have Japan and China been able to put these events behind them, or do they still impact relations between these countries today?
6. Throughout the book, Chang emphasizes that by not remembering the past, we are not able to learn from it. What lessons does Chang want readers to learn from her book?
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