The Nanjing Atrocities | Map: Nanjing and its Safety Zone (1937-1939)
The Japanese Imperial Army invaded the then capital city of China, Nanjing, on December 13, 1937. At the time there were a handful of foreigners living in Nanjing who chose to remain during the occupation. Together, they established the International Nanjing Safety Zone. Throughout this time they negotiated with the occupying Japanese forces in order to protect Chinese civilians and refugees feeling into the city. The Safety Zone Committee organized a temporary civil administration, and worked to provide essential services and sustenance to civilians during the height of violence in the city.