NAnjing memorial 2

We can add the rape of at least 20,000 women 11 to 76 years, and children bayoneted and killed by a bullet. Many tortures that were even encouraged by Japanese officers, who regarded them as normal in wartime.


Along the Transition to Copper Footprints, you will discover also 40 meters long, the footprints of 222 eyewitnesses and survivors who participated in the International Tribunal of the Far East for the trial of Japanese war criminals.


Next door, we also find a poem inscribed on a copper plate. Then a little later, the Place Cemetery will present a series of stelae commemorating each mass murder, a wailing wall with the names of some victims and dotted deci beyond holes to get the green light symbol prayer for life.
In the same fiber, the place is organized around a large area with white statues representing stacks of skeletons, contrasting with the green of the vegetation symbolizing the vitality and spirit of resistance of the inhabitants of the city.



Moreover, the designers of the memorial were well thought not only want to burn the memories of the Chinese. Everywhere explanations of sculptures, inscriptions, documents, data are in Chinese, English, and Japanese.

But sometimes these explanations are far from necessary. Exposure skeletons were discovered buried as the photos showing mutilated course are self-explanatory.
Strangely, while the outer part of the museum was very imprint of meditation, exhibition areas crudest were more animated by the Chinese who rushed to the windows and jostled around photos.
Candles to be lit garlands that suspends …
I also found a genuine willingness Chinese parents to explain to their children what had happened there, perhaps their grandparents for some. Children sometimes somewhat frightened by what they could see or feel simply because the atmosphere of the place is quite involved.
Memorial fulfills its function of remembrance and education. He eventually including a room on the Sino-Japanese reconciliation after 1945. Perhaps a way to practice this ancient Chinese proverb engraved on a memorial wall:

“Past experience, if not forgotten,
serve as a guide for the future. ”

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