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Undaunted Women of Nanking

The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang

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264 pages

During the infamous “Rape of Nanking,” a brutal military occupation of Nanking, China, that began on December 13, 1937, it is estimated that Japanese soldiers killed between 200,000 and 300,000 Chinese and raped between 20,000 and 80,000 women. To shelter civilian refugees, a group of Westerners established a Nanking Safety Zone. Among these humanitarians was Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and acting president of Ginling College. She and Tsen Shui-fang, her Chinese assistant and a trained nurse, turned the college into a refugee camp, which protected more than 10,000 women and children during the height of the ordeal. The Undaunted Women of Nanking juxtaposes day-by-day the exhausted and terrified women’s wartime diaries, providing vital eyewitness accounts of the Rape of Nanking and a unique focus on the Ginling refugee camp and the sufferings of women and children. Vautrin's diary reveals the humanity and courage of a female missionary in a time of terror. Tsen Shui-fang’s diary, never before published in English and translated here for the first time, is the only known daily account by a Chinese national written during the crisis and not retrospectively. As such, it records a unique perspective: that of a woman grappling with feelings of anger, sorrow, and compassion as she witnesses the atrocities being committed in her war-torn country.

Editors Hua-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong have added many informative annotations to the diary entries from sources including the proceedings of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial of 1946, Vautrin’s correspondence, John Rabe’s diary, and other historical documents. Also included are biographical sketches of the two women, a note on the diaries, and information about the aftermath of the tragedy, as well as maps and photos—some of which appear in print in this book for the first time.

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The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang

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During the infamous “Rape of Nanking,” a brutal military occupation of Nanking, China, that began on December 13, 1937, it is estimated that Japanese soldiers killed between 200,000 and 300,000 Chinese and raped between 20,000 and 80,000 women. To shelter civilian refugees, a group of Westerners established a Nanking Safety Zone. Among these humanitarians was Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary and acting president of Ginling College. She and Tsen Shui-fang, her Chinese assistant and a trained nurse, turned the college into a refugee camp, which protected more than 10,000 women and children during the height of the ordeal. The Undaunted Women of Nanking juxtaposes day-by-day the exhausted and terrified women’s wartime diaries, providing vital eyewitness accounts of the Rape of Nanking and a unique focus on the Ginling refugee camp and the sufferings of women and children. Vautrin's diary reveals the humanity and courage of a female missionary in a time of terror. Tsen Shui-fang’s diary, never before published in English and translated here for the first time, is the only known daily account by a Chinese national written during the crisis and not retrospectively. As such, it records a unique perspective: that of a woman grappling with feelings of anger, sorrow, and compassion as she witnesses the atrocities being committed in her war-torn country.

Editors Hua-ling Hu and Zhang Lian-hong have added many informative annotations to the diary entries from sources including the proceedings of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial of 1946, Vautrin’s correspondence, John Rabe’s diary, and other historical documents. Also included are biographical sketches of the two women, a note on the diaries, and information about the aftermath of the tragedy, as well as maps and photos—some of which appear in print in this book for the first time.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Biographical Sketches: Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-Fang
A Note on the Two Diaries
Juxtaposition - Excerpts from the Two Diaries, December 8, 1937, to March 1, 1938
1. Receiving Refuges at Ginling College under Intensifying Bombardment
2. Japanese Occupation of Nanking - Soldiers' Rampage, Residents' Terror
3. Observing Holidays in a Tme of Horror and the Refugees' "Goddess of Mercy"
4. Registration of Women and the Return of American and European Diplomats
5. Life and Problems inside the Ginling Camp
6. The Japanese Demand to Close Refugee Camps and Vautrin's Defiance
7. Slowly Restoring Law and Order but Soldiers Keep Searching for Hwa Gu-Niang
Aftermath
Appendix: Reports by Minnie Vautrin on the Rape of Nanking from Her Correspondence
A Review of the First Month: December 13, 1937 - January 13, 1938
As a Refugee Camp: January 14 - March 31, 1938
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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Source title: Undaunted Women of Nanking: The Wartime Diaries of Minnie Vautrin and Tsen Shui-fang

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