In late 1937, over a period of six weeks, Imperial Japanese Army forces brutally murdered hundreds of thousands of people, including both soldiers and civilians, in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Women were raped, children killed as animals, men tortured. A huge fire and the Yangtze river would cancel the traces of the 300.000 victims. Nanjing, then the capital of Nationalist China, was left in ruins, Chinese identity feelings were deeply marked and it would take decades for the city and its citizens to recover from the savage attacks. All the grief and horror of that human tragedy are printed on the faces of Chinese people who visit the Nanjing Memorial Hall now.