However, the Japanese government continues to deny that this event ever happened and fails to teach it in their school curriculum. Many Japanese civilians are clueless as to what happened during the war between China and Japan. After the Rape of Nanking ended, very few Japanese soldiers were put on trial, and only seven were executed. Many of the men who participated in the mass killing and raping of the Chinese continued to hold political office after their time in the army was completed. Iris Chang wrote this book in such exorbitant detail to demand an official apology from the Japanese government to those affected by the evil they endowed on the innocent citizens, as well as educate future generations about the onus that their government
Over 180,000 Japanese were killed in these two bombings and thousands more died later due to radiation sickness (Langley 84). However, when the United States was suffering through a dark period, it is a fair decision to use atomic weapons to shorten the amount of casualties. United States President Truman knew of the way the Japanese fought. They fought to the death, and they were brutal to the prisoners of war. Besides, United States had suffered the loss of over 418,000 lives, both military and civilian (Perry 286).
What do people individually recall when it comes to 9/11? I remember the images of the bodies falling from the burning buildings and the sound when they hit the ground, or the voices of terrified and shocked people in New York crying, running, saving themselves. As I mentioned before, living in a multimedia culture is both a blessing and a curse. People caught in the Twin Towers knowing that there is no way to survive, called their loved ones before the buildings collapsed. Passengers on United 93 were even longer aware of their impending death, so they took the chance to say a proper goodbye to their loved ones; a “haunting privilege” as Seidel calls it (94).
The Nanking, or Nanjing, Massacre occurred in only six weeks from 1937-1938 and has been described the “forgotten Holocaust of World War II”. The Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered an estimated 40,000 – 340,000 Chinese, tortured countless others, and committed one of the greatest mass rapes in world history in Nanking, the then capital of China. The Japanese destroyed military records in an effort to keep the massacre from becoming known worldwide. This cover-up – sometimes called The Second Rape of Nanking, a term coined by Iris Chang – is ongoing and largely carried out by a small, vocal minority of the Japanese government. The Nanking Massacre and its subsequent cover-up has led many to call the massacre a genocide; others insist the atrocities
It is extremely important to prosecute the criminals as a way of remembering the Holocaust victims and knowing what they went through. “Everywhere in the world, there is an obscene attempt by people who call themselves historians who dare to deny the deaths of the victims. Who dares to tell me my parents were not killed in the camps” (Wiesel 6). This shows that many people disbelieve in the Holocaust; therefore they are forgetting the horrendous things done to the victims. It is very important to remember the tragedy that the Holocaust caused in order for it to not happen again.
A train took them there and if they try to escape, they would be shot at. Jews had to work at concentration camps with horrible treatments while Jews at death camps would be killed by guns or poison gas and some would be experimented on. The Nazi’s tried to keep their mass killings of Jews a secret. However, when the war ended, the world was shown the horrific places the Nazi’s had built and the people were horrified of Germany’s actions.
It is extremely important that people of all ages are informed of the millions of innocent people that died due to one man’s despise towards them. Therefore, people are able to see how severe discrimination, intolerance, and racism can affect people, families, and even entire nations. If history does repeat itself, it is best people do all they can to learn about the Holocaust in order to prevent another mass genocide based off of hatred in the
Shantanu Jha When humanity is unable to atone for its sins, the innocent perish, while the living are left to suffer. In his elegy When the Towers Fell, Galway Kinnell laments the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. In 2001, the world had just entered a new millennium; however, it was painfully reminded that the violence of humanity’s past would neither be forgiven nor forgotten. Through his captivating symbolic imagery, Kinnell is able to capture and emphasize the grief of the living, and the infectious nature of hate and war.
There were many reasons for aggression and atrocity of totalitarian regimes which set the stage for the involvement of America in World War II. The great depression, the stock market crash, the deep sense of betrayals, Japans invasion of China, Nanjing massacre, among many other events all lead up to World War II. All the buildup aggression can only lead to disaster and that is exactly what it lead to. Though many believe that it was the war that got us out of the great depression, it still contained a lot of negative long-lasting effects that might still be seen today. In 1931 Imperial Japan seized Manchuria and four years later they withdrew from the league of nations.
In American history, there have been few disastrous attacks against the country that have caused masses of casualties and chaos throughout the United States. On Sunday, December seventh, 1941, around eight o’clock in the morning, a bombing occurred from Japan at the American naval base, called Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. Despite various arguments against this attack occurring at all prior to it, the Japanese pulled through and surprised America and its soldiers with an intent to destroy the Pacific Fleet. There were two thousand fatalities and one thousand people injured, including sixty-eight civilians. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred due to many decades of tension between Japan and the United States.
Dating back to the 1400’s philosophers like Machiavelli emerged expressing their views of government and social interaction. Hundreds of years later John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau also emerged expressing their own viewpoints and their own theories as to why man act in certain ways. Along with their philosophies and theories, atrocities and destruction also emerged throughout humankind. One in specific took place in 1937 long after the passings of the philosopher's. The city of Nanking, China was the target of the Japanese army during their battle at expanding Japan’s territory.
Nationalism is a powerful force that unifies large groups of people based on commonalities such as ethnicity or religion. There are numerous examples of nationalistic forces throughout the 20th century, such as rationing and the home front that took place in WWI, the Red Army and the CCP of the Interwar Years, and ultranationalistic Nazi Germany and Japan in WWII. Nationalism is the driving force behind many of the world’s greatest accomplishments and atrocities and it helped to shape the world in the 20th century because it contributed to the WWI effort, set the stage for WWII, and caused two significant atrocities during the second World War. WWI displays nationalism in the way that home countries drew support for the war effort and rationed food for their soldiers. During the WWI effort,