CHP-183-The Nanjing Massacre Part 2

Laszlo finishes off the overview of the Rape of Nanking as well as the stories of John Rabe, Robert O. Wilson, Minnie Vautrin, Rev. William Magee and others who directed the Nanjing Safety Zone during the worst weeks of the atrocities.  The aftermath of the Nanjing Massacre is also examined.


The Nanjing Safety Zone   Nánjīng Ānqúan Qū 南京安全区

Jīnlíng Women’s College 金陵女子大学 Now part of Nanjing Normal University

Jīnlíng 金陵  ancient name of Nanjing during the Zhou Dynasty

Zhū Dé 朱德 Red Army founder

Péng Déhuái 彭德怀 Great PLA general and later defense minister

Nana-san-ichi Butai  731部队 Unit 731, based in Harbin

General Shiro Ishii 石井四郎 Director of Unit 731

Joseph Mengele The German version of Shiro Ishii.

Nánjīng Dà Túshā 南京大屠杀 The Nanjing Massacre

Okamura Yasuji  岡村宁次 Japanese general who led the brutal Three All’s Policy to Kill all, Burn all, Loot all

Yasukuni Shrine 靖国神社 Shinto shrine that commemorates those who died for the Empire of Japan

Shì shí qiú shì   实事求是 seek truth from facts, originally from the ancient Book of Han, later made famous by Chairman Mao and then even more famous by Deng Xiaoping.



Iris Chang, “The Rape of Nanking – The Forgotten Holocaust if World War II”

“The Good German of Nanking – The Diaries of John Rabe”

Jay Taylor, “The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China”

Rana Mitter, “Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II 1937-1945”

Honda Katsuichi, “The Nanjing Massacre: A Japanese Journalist Confronts Japan’s National Shame”

Sinica Podcast April 7, 2015 with Lucy Hornby “Comfort Women and the struggle for reparations”

Isaac Meyer’s excellent History of Japan Podcast

YouTube link to the Nanking movie mentioned in CHP-183 Nanjing Massacre Part 2


    • Hi Kathleen…..coming soon! I’ve been holed up since May 2017 working on the next great thing from the CHP. This net topic is going to be about 9-10 episodes. Almost done…I will launch the new episodes as soon as I get the new website up and running…..Hang in there a bit longer….I’ve been off the air for almost five months…..but rest assured you haven’t seen the last of me. I hope you’ve also checked out the Chinese Sayings Podcasts….Season 3 coming soon.

  • Laszlo, thanks so much for your podcasts. Your skills as a raconteur are helping me to get through a rough patch in my life. They bring me back to my college days when one of my favorite classes was a modern (Qing and up) Chinese history class.

    Anyway, did you ever get around to that Chiang Ching-kuo episode that you talked about? He’s a fascinating man and I’d love to learn more about the man who, despite coming from his authoritarian quasi-fascist background, managed to steer Taiwan in the direction of becoming the modern democracy it is today.

    Thanks so much, and here’s hoping my Nationals manage to get out of the 1st round this year. I’m looking for a little revenge against your Dodgers.

    • Hi Jason, Alas…..I regret I have still not covered Chiang Ching-kuo. I wanted to fold him in to my History of Taiwan series but that whole project remains behind the back burner. Although I’m a Cubs fan (and season ticket holder back in the late 60’s) I think this is going to be the Dodgers year. That’ll be a great series either way.

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