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Mercer Co. Holocaust Center to Host Book Discussion on "Rape of Nanking" Feb. 16; Documentary Film to be Shown Feb. 22

The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource will host a book discussion on "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II," to be held on Wednesday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Holocaust Center, located on the second floor of the Library Building on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The primary focus of the discussion will be Iris Chang’s gripping historical account of the atrocities committed by the Japanese in 1937-38 after their capture of Nanjing, the Chinese capital city. Published in 1997, the book was a controversial bestseller; Chang has been widely viewed as scholarly, exciting and passionate.


Also part of the discussion will be Takashi Yoshida’s book, "The Making of the Rape of Nanking," published in 2006. Praised for its fair and thorough treatment of the events, the book meticulously examines issues of ethics, nationality and historical identity related to the massacre.


Professor Saul Goldwasser, Director of the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, notes, "We will look at the filters of national and political interests that impact the maintenance of historical records. We will also talk about bias in the media and in cultural memory with regard to history, government, language arts, and sociology. What is the appropriate response to atrocities of such magnitude? How are subsequent generations expected to process events such as these and incorporate them into their national identity?"


A documentary film entitled "The Rape of Nanking" will be shown at the Center the following week on Tuesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m.
It is suggested that participants read the books prior to the discussion. Both books and the film are available on reserve at the Center.  For further information, call 609-570-3355 or e-mail Professor Saul Goldwasser at goldwass@mccc.edu.  More about the Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center is available at: www.mccc.edu/holocaust.