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Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (92): Nanking Massacre

The Nanking – or Nanjing – massacre occurred when Japanese troops occupied the city of Nanking in 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered and raped by the Japanese. Read the full story here.

head of a Chinese man, beheaded by Japanese, is wedged in a barricade near Nanking, during the Nanking massacre

head of a Chinese man, beheaded by Japanese, is wedged in a barricade near Nanking, during the Nanking massacre

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Chinese man to be beheaded in Nanking Massacre

Chinese man to be beheaded in Nanking Massacre

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A Chinese POW about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a shin gunto during the Nanking Massacre

A Chinese POW about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a shin gunto during the Nanking Massacre

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Chinese to be buried alive by Japanese soldiers during Nanking Massacre

Chinese to be buried alive by Japanese soldiers during Nanking Massacre

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The sheer volume of murdered civilians posed a formidable logistical challenge when it came to disposing of the bodies. Many Chinese were conscripted into %22burial teams%22

The sheer volume of murdered civilians posed a formidable logistical challenge when it came to disposing of the bodies. Many Chinese were conscripted into burial teams

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There’s also this particularly gruesome one, but I couldn’t verify its authenticity:

beheading of chinese woman

beheading of chinese woman

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More iconic images here.

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8 thoughts on “Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (92): Nanking Massacre

  1. It is astounding that the Japanese soldiers took a lot of pride in their actions in Nanking. The greatest abomination to follow is that the massacre is widely denied in Japan by many people as anti-Japanese propaganda.

    It is important that no tragedy is forgotten.
    Thank you for sharing these pictures.

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  3. Human Beings says:

    Japanese Ash holes they did Karma killing innocent woman and child they got back like Hiroshima,……………God already punished THOSE MOTHER FUCKERS

  4. I think the last one is probably a dramatized “re-creation” rather than a original. That said, theres enough of horrible atrocities here to prove the massacre happened. That the Japanese authorities still havent made a greater effort to apoligize is beyond me.

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