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Unformatted text preview: Joshua Dray 4/18/11 Rape of Nanking The Holocaust and the Nanking Massacre are two of the most shameful and atrocious events in recent history. However, the motives, methods, and significance of the two events are drastically different. The Holocaust obviously featured a significantly higher body count, but this is offset by both the ends and the means of Nanking. Ultimately, the Rape of Nanking is the worse of the two evils in that the reasoning and processes are extremely questionable, and there is little historical significance to defend such a horrendous massacre from any perspective. First, the motives behind the massacre are not the same, despite the argument that both were genocide. To begin with, the Holocaust was seen as the methodical extermination of a scapegoat race, whereas the Nanking Massacre was a random series of impulsive attacks. Hitler’s extermination of the Jews was the culmination of events that began with attacks....
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- Spring '11
- Nanking, Nanking Massacre