During the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, 300 000 civilians and unarmed soldiers were slaughtered indiscriminately by the Japanese Imperial Army over the course of two months in Nanjing (Nanking), the then capital city of China. Tens of thousands of women and girls were raped.
From her relatively humble beginnings as an elementary school teacher in Osaka, Japan, Tamaki Matsuoka has become one of the committed and courageous advocates for the remembrance and recognition of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. Thanks to her relentless efforts over the past 30 years to record hundreds of testimonies of both survivors and perpetrators of the Nanjing Massacre, these testimonies were published in Japanese, Chinese, and in 2016, the English version of The Torn Memories of Nanking was published. Her latest documentary, 1300 Lives Lost by Taiping (Peace) Gate was released in 2017 and premiered in Japan.
Now her own testimony is preserved in the University of South California Shoah Foundation’s Nanking Massacre Collection. Matsuoka’s testimony is the first non-survivor testimony in the collection. She is committed to giving a voice to the silenced victims of the Nanking Massacre.
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