Japanese Terror in China

Japanese Terror in China

Japanese Terror in China

Japanese Terror in China

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Perhaps this book would not have come to be written had it not been for the fact that telegrams reporting the outrages committed against Chinese civilians by the Japanese troops which occupied Nanking in December of last year were suppressed by the censors installed by the Japanese authorities in the foreign cable offices at Shanghai. Among the messages that were thus suppressed or mutilated were several telegrams which the writer attempted to send to the Manchester Guardian.

Although I was fully satisfied that the information upon which my messages were based was irrefutable, as the Japanese authorities had alleged some of them to be "grossly exaggerated," I began to search for documentary proof and had no difficulty in discovering a wealth of corroborative evidence from unimpeachable sources. So shocking was the state of affairs thus revealed that I conceived the notion of publishing this evidence forthwith.

I make this personal explanation in order to show that the idea of producing this book was entirely my own and, while I have received valuable assistance from several friends in the selection and compilation of the material, I take full responsibility for its publication. Access to the International Committee's correspondence was made possible through my connection with certain relief organizations in Shanghai which had received copies in order that they might understand the situation and cooperate as effectively as possible with the Nanking group. It was only at my earnest request that the custodians of these documents permitted me to make use of the material in this way.

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