The Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust
The Rape of Nanking and the Holocaust were both two tragic events in history. They both include innocent lives being lost and have their own stories behind it. However, does this make the two tragedies classified as the same? All massacres have their similarities and differences, and The Rape of Nanking compared to the Holocaust is similar in some ways, but also different in other ways.
To start off, the Holocaust was a killing that happened during World War I, while the Rape of Nanking happened in World War II. They were both considered the worst atrocities during their time besides the war that was going on. They were both considered genocides also, in my opinion, because they were both using most of the eight stages of genocide. The Holocaust targeted mainly Jewish people, and the Japanese targeted the Chinese, which is a form of classification. Then the German made the Jewish wear Stars of David, but the Japanese invaded China so there was no use of symbolism. Both genocides dehumanized them by the German chancellor, Adolf Hitler, taking away all rights for Jewish people, and the Japanese began to do hate crime by raping the women with sharpened wood, cutting off their breasts, then killing them and making Chinese men sleep with these dead bodies. Hitler had his own army, and a children’s army called the Hitler Youth. The Japanese leader, General Matsui, marched his troops in China to attack, which is stage four: organization. For stage five, polarization, the German made the Jewish give up the wedding rings they owned, and sometimes forced them to give out information upon other Jews. The Japanese killed anybody who didn’t listen to any order. The next stage, identification was used by the German making Jewish people who lived in Germany move into Ghettoes that usually held 3,000 to 75,000 people. The Japanese took some Chinese women into their base and separated them from friends and family, and were...
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