Heidi Benson: Historian Iris Chang won many battles; The war she lost raged within

The Sunday San Francisco Chronicle published a long profile of writer , who committed suicide last November:

On the day of Iris Chang’s death, word spread quickly over news wires and the Internet. Her obituary was published in newspapers worldwide. She had gained an international reputation in 1997 when she was only 29 for writing “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.” It was the first history of Japan’s brutal 1937 occupation of China’s capital city and documented the weekslong rampage…

News of her suicide brought forth a chorus of disbelief.

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