[ Documents of the Nanking Safety Zone : December 18, 1937 ]
“Yesterday, in broad daylight, several women at the Seminary were raped right in the middle of a large room filled with men, women, and children”
“We have notified you several times of the presence of soldiers who disarmed and entered the Zone on the afternoon of December 13th. But now we can safely assure you that there are no groups of disarmed Chinese soldiers in the Zone.”
[ The New York Times : January 4, 1938 ]
EX-CHINESE OFFICERS AMONG U.S. REFUGEES
SHANGHAI, Jan. 3. American professors remaining at Ginling College in Nanking as foreign members of the Refugee Welfare Committee were seriously embarrassed to discover that they had been harboring a deserted Chinese Army colonel and six of his subordinate officers. The professors had, in fact, made the colonel second in authority at the refugee camp. The officers, who had doffed their uniforms during the Chinese retreat from Nanking, were discovered living in one of the college buildings: They confessed their identity after Japanese Army searchers found they had hidden six rifles, five revolvers, a dismounted machine gun and ammunition in the building. The ex-Chinese officers in the presence of Americans and other foreigners confessed looting in Nanking and also that one night they dragged girls into the darkness and the next day blamed Japanese soldiers for the attacks. The ex-officers were arrested and will be punished under martial law and probably executed.
[ THE GOOD MAN OF NANKING : page 172-173, Feb. 3. 1938 ]
Report from the China Press in Shanghai, 25 January (Excerpt)
Claiming that many Chinese army officers and other ranks were seeking refuge in the International Safety Zone established in Nanking following the evacuation of the capital by Chinese troops, Colonel Nagai, army spokesman, announced the report of the Nipponese gendarmerie in Nanking at yesterday’s press conference・・・
It was ascertained, the report claimed , the high officers of the Chinese army were evacuated by their staffs. Up to December 28 , it said, 23 chinese officers, 54 non-commissioned officers, and 1,498 privates were seized by the Japanese in the various building in the zone.
Among them, it was claimed, was the commander of the Nanking peace preservation corps, Wang Hsianglao, “who masqueraded as Chen Mi” and was in command of the forth branch detachment of the International Safety Zone, Lieutenant General Ma Poushang, former adjutant of the 88th Division, and high official of the Nanking police, Mi Shinshi.
General Ma, it is claimed, was active in instigating anti-Japanese disorders within the zone, which also sheltered Captain Huan An and 17 rifles, while the report states that Wang Hsianglao and three former subordinates were engaged in looting, intimidating and raping.