New Photographic Horrors of the Nanjing Massacre Emerge in the US

Very, very few photographs of the Nanjing Massacre exist, which makes a new discovery documenting the atrocities of 1937 all the more remarkable. But it was today’s social media and an unusual content creator that brought our city’s history back to center stage.

Yesterday, September 1, a pawnbroker in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA, made headlines around the world for his vlog in which he claimed to have found extremely rare photographs of the Nanjing Massacre.

Evan Kail owns St. Louis Park Gold and Silver. On Monday this week, a client asked him to take a look at a book with a view to selling it on his behalf.

Kail hasn’t taken the time to look at the book for a while, as he’s been looking through old photography books all the time. And when he did, he started flipping through it and found it wasn’t particularly noteworthy, other than the fact that the photos in there looked like they were taken by a US Navy serviceman stationed in China during World War II.

Then he turned a page, and as he says on his vlog, he screamed.

Kail would not show viewers any more photos from the book for fear of upsetting her audience. As he says, these are “the most disturbing things I have seen in my career”. His vlog has already been viewed 10 million times on TikTok.

But it is understood that the book contains 30 photographs of atrocities that took place during the Nanjing Massacre. So far, two in particular have emerged. One accompanies this article.

The other depicts corpses lying in a street and is captioned “Hell on Nanking Road”. But of course Nanjing doesn’t have a road from Nanjing, because that would be downright confusing. Similarly, Shanghai does not have a Shanghai Road, but we do. This photo is therefore either taken in another city, where many atrocities were also taking place, or could be interpreted as “a road from Nanjing”.

The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆) responded to Kail’s photo report, saying they are verifying the claims, Jiangsu Broadcasting reports.

Karl ends his video by saying, “You should know that there are still people who deny that the Nanjing Massacre happened, and the reason of these people is that there is no evidence. I found the proof”.

Michael E. Marquez