The Rape of Nanking

Survivors | Western Eyewitnesses | Japanese Veterans

Survivors and Witnesses

ZHANG Xiu-Hong

Zhang shared her experience with Canadian educators in 2008
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NI Cui Ping

Ni was interviewed by Radio-Television Hong Kong in "Nanking Massacre 70th Anniversary"
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WANG Gui-Ying

Wang was nine years old during the massacre. She was stabbed by the Japanese soldiers when they entered her house, raped her aunt and slaughtered her other family members.
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Witness: Rape of Nanjing

(BBC Radio program)
Length: 9:00 June 17, 2011
How the Japanese army went on the rampage in the Chinese city of Nanjing in 1937

Museum Recalls Hero of 'The Rape of Nanjing'

(NPR Radio program)
Length: 5:25 November 1, 2006
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YANG Mingzhen

At the age of seven, Yang's family was destroyed and herself raped by the Japanese Imperial Army.


Tang narrowly escaped from the atrocious acts of the Japanese Imperial Army twice. He was seventeen years old when he witnessed John Rabe, Chair of the International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone, save many people's life during the Rape of Nanking.

Western Eyewitnesses in Nanking

John Magee

American clergyman and Chairman of the Nanking Branch of the International Red Cross. His film visually documented what had happened during those very dark days.

John Rabe

German businessman and Chairman of the International Safety Zone of Nanking. He sheltered hundreds of Chinese refugees in his own yard during the massacre. American writer Iris Chang unearthed his diaries in the 1990s.

Minnie Vautrin

American missionary from Illinois and administrator of Ginling College. During the massacre, she turned the college into a sanctuary for 10,000 women.

Robert Wilson

American doctor of Kulou Hospital. He was the only surgeon to stay in Nanking and continued saving lives even during the bombing of the city by the invaders.

Miner Bates

American professor of University of Nanking. He lodged his first protest against the Imperial Army's atrocities with the Japanese Embassy.

George Fitch

American missionary and the Head of YMCA in Nanking. In 1938, he traveled throughout the United States giving talks about the Nanking Massacre.

Lewis Smythe

Sociology professor of University of Nanking and the Secretary of the International Safety Zone. He wrote 69 letters to the Japanese Embassy from December 14, 1937 to February 19, 1938, protesting atrocities committed by the Imperial Army.

Japanese Veterans

Sawamura Fukuii

Fukuii was interviewed by Radio-Television Hong Kong in "Nanking Massacre 70th Anniversary"
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Mitani Sho

Former Japanese marine Mitani Sho joined the battle of Nanjing as a signaler on the newest destroyer Sea Wind. He was interviewed by a Chinese journalist in Osaka in 2014.