This year marks the 75th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945), which falls on Thursday. A manuscript, collected by a translator in Shandong province, reveals facts buried in the fierce war.
Now painstakingly restored by translator and writer Wang Jinling, the manuscript of American novelist Irving Wallace reveals the atrocities of the Japanese military and the struggle of the Chinese people under the most desperate conditions.
“Wallace and his family still care about the condition and development of China,” said Wang, who recently received an email from Wallace’s son, sending him greetings and expressing concern over the COVID situation. -19 in China.
The manuscript dates back to 1940, when Wallace was a journalist assigned to the Far East by an American magazine to report on the war between China and Japan, part of the global anti-fascist war.
Around this time, Wallace was successful in collecting information from both sides. He interviewed several personalities behind Japan’s expansionist policies, including Hideki Tojo, as well as ordinary people from both countries.
He made scrupulous recordings of several major events in Japan’s invasion of China. In addition to writing articles for the magazine, he decided to write a book to expose Japan’s ambitions and the crimes he committed in China to the rest of the world.
However, his plan to publish the book was postponed due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after which the United States declared war on Japan and other fascist countries. Since then, the manuscript has remained laden with dust for decades. Its special value was discovered by Wang after the family granted him the right to translate Wallace’s work.
“No matter how long it has been sealed, the truth of the story will eventually emerge and be known to people,” Wang said.
The manuscript was translated into Chinese and published in China in 2005, titled Japan’s Mein Kampf. In the book, Wallace wrote of the Nanjing Massacre that “there were more men, handcuffed back to back, standing against walls used as living dummies for actual bayonet practice.”
Wallace died of cancer in 1990, but his articles are valuable testimonies to this part of history and have made more people aware of China’s role in the anti-fascist war.