What time cannot erase: Facts about the Nanjing Massacre
2017-12-13 09:48:00

December 13 marks China's fourth National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims, a day to mourn the more than 300,000 Chinese who lost their lives at the hands of Japanese invaders 80 years ago.

In 1937, Japan launched a full-scale invasion of China. The then capital, Nanjing, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, fell to Japanese troops on December 13.

In the 40 days that followed, Japanese forces went on a rampage, looting the city, butchering its residents and raping its women.

Diaries, photos and testimonies have shown that unarmed soldiers and civilians were shot, beheaded, burned or drowned.

The Japanese made no distinction between men and women, adults and children and executed everyone in their path after subjecting them to a range of atrocities.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram