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The Nanjing Massacre
"A quiz about Japanese atrocities following the fall of the Chinese Republic's capital, also known as the Rape of Nanking. Though I have used discretion in writing these questions, this topic is not for the squeamish."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
What are the approximate dates of the Nanjing Massacre?
December 1937 - February 1938
November 1941 - January 1942
December 1936 - March 1937
September - October, 1937
In the months preceding the conquest of Nanjing, Japanese Emperor Hirohito officially abrogated international conventions for the treatment of captives - to the extent that Japanese staff officers were advised to stop using the term "prisoners of war".
Which of the following was NOT a commander of the Japanese forces in the Nanjing campaign?
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Lieutenant General Kesago Nakajima
Prince Asaka Yasuhiko
General Iwane Matsui
Which of these is the most widely accepted number of those murdered in the Nanjing Massacre?
Despite the popular naming of "The Rape of Nanking", sexual crimes were almost unknown in the Nanjing massacre.
A major pretext for the killings in Nanjing was the Japanese claim that many Chinese combatants had disguised themselves as civilians and were acting as insurgents. What evidence is there that belies these claims?
All of these
Japanese newspaper reports of the time include stories of uniformed POWs marched in columns to the Yangtze River and executed
Many of the men killed were already tied and bound, and as such were obviously not killed while fighting
The dead included many women and children
Which of these crimes was NOT widely reported during the Nanjing Massacre?
What finally quelled the depredations at Nanjing?
Declaration of war by the United States
Emperor Hirohito's tour of the city
There was no definitive end - the massacre gradually trailed off
Diversion of troops back to the siege of Shanghai
One attempt to mitigate the depredations of the Nanjing events came from foreign national John Rabe, who organized an "International Committee" that established the "Nanking Safety Zone" containing several foreign-owned properties and diplomatic missions, with the United States Embassy roughly in the center. Though Japanese troops did intermittently enter the Safety Zone, Rabe and the Committee are generally credited with saving lives in the tens of thousands. What organization was Rabe a member of that gained him some cachet with the Japanese military?
The Red Cross
The US Republican National Committee
The Nazi Party
The Nanjing Massacre is widely acknowledged in Japan as a memory of profound regret, and is memorialized there much as the Holocaust is in Germany.
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Compiled Jun 28 12