why are Imperial Japan's war atrocities never mentioned,and displayed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC?
Imperial Japan committed as many genocidal crimes as Nazi Germany, so why is it forgotten, when there seems to be clear proof. It just baffled me that the Nanking massacre was nowhere to be seen at the museum! I would think there would be outrage and resentment from the Chinese American community?
- Anonymous5 years agoFavorite Answer
We knew of the savagery in Nanking because there were European and Americans in the city at the time, they told the outside world of the horrors. The Japanese really didn't bother with concentration camps. You heard the expression "take no prisoners". Well the Japanese didn't. In the eight years, between July 1937 and August 1945 the Japanese must have captured millions of Chinese soldiers, we have no way knowing for certain, the Japanese kept no records. Only 55 were known to have returned home alive. . The same thing with the Chinese citizens in occupied China. There were millions of them. How many millions of them were killed over the 8 year period, we have no way of really knowing. You also have to realize that the Chinese killed thousands Japanese. By the summer of 1940 over 185,000 Japanese soldiers had lost their lives in China, three or four times that number lost limbs and were maimed for life. The Chinese also killed thousands of Japanese and Korean workers, businessmen and the like before open hostilities began. There is no love lost between the two take my word for it.
What made the Holocaust very real is that Germans kept meticulous records of everything, and we got our hands on them, all the government records going back from 1945 to 1871, had them in our possession for 12 years. At the time of the trials in Nuremberg Trials lawyers started going over some of those records. Time and again they ran across the terms "The Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Eventually the occupation personnel captured a concentration camp commander that explained where the term came from. This was the first indication of the true nature of the Holocaust.
- phoebeLv 65 years ago
Because the Museum is specifically about the Nazi Holocaust of Europe, not the entirety of war crimes committed in WWII. Though the atrocities in China and other parts of Asia are also repugnant, they are a separate subject from what the Holocaust museum aims to cover, even though technically it is supposed to be a symbolic lesson of why any sort of genocide is wrong.
Fortunately, more and more resources are recognizing the Rape of Nanking and other atrocities that happened during the war, but most resources that are specifically about the Nazi Holocaust are going to focus mainly on the Nazi Holocaust.
- 5 years ago
The Holocaust does not refer to all atrocities that were committed against people by Axis-aligned forces. If it was, the Holocaust Museum would include Bosnian atrocities against Serbs, Japanese atrocities against Chinese, Italian atrocities against Ethiopians, etc... The Holocaust was the systemized murder of Jews by the Nazis. Some historians included other groups like non-Jewish Poles, Roma, and Catholics in their definition of "The Holocaust" whilst others only include Jews. Hence, Japanese War atrocities do not qualify for display in The Holocaust Museum.Source(s): History BA
- JAMES KLv 75 years ago
It's the German Holocaust Museum. You must go to the Japanese Museum in California.
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- ?Lv 65 years ago
It is a museum about the HOLOCAUST. That has nothing to do with Japanese atrocities. Get a grip.
- Louise CLv 75 years ago
japanese atrocities are a seperate thing and not part of the holocaust, which refers specifically to what hitler and the Nazis did.
presumably you would find something about the japanese in a war museum, which you probably have in the USA.
- geraldLv 75 years ago
could be there is influence in high places