Mu­seum re­veals hor­ror of Nan­jing Mas­sacre

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By FU JING in Caen, France fu­jing@chi­

Daniel Re­nouf was born in Au­gust 1937, days af­ter Ja­panese troops sparked full-scale war with China with an at­tack at the Marco Polo Bridge out­side Bei­jing. This was only a few months be­fore the Nan­jing Mas­sacre, when more than 300,000 peo­ple were slaugh­tered by Ja­panese troops.

The re­tired en­gi­neer — whose in­fancy co­in­cided with many his­toric events — and his wife joined hun­dreds of visi­tors on Satur­day at an ex­hi­bi­tion about one of the sin­gle most bru­tal crimes as­so­ci­ated with Ja­pan’s in­va­sion of China.

At the time of the mas­sacre, Nan­jing was the cap­i­tal of the Repub­lic of China.

The pair, with Re­nouf’s wife hold­ing a cane, care­fully ex­am­ined many of the 270 his­tor­i­cal started in China, due to Ja­panese pho­tos, diaries, let­ters and other ag­gres­sion. It was not doc­u­ments from Western diplo­mats, only in Europe but also in pro­fes­sors, doc­tors and Asia, mainly in China,” said reporters from the 1930s. The Stephane Grimaldi, the mu­seum-direc­tor. ex­hi­bi­tion at the Me­mo­rial de “We want to clar­ify Caen mu­seum in France runs these his­toric truths for the un­til Dec 15. pub­lic.” Re­nouf said the ex­hi­bi­tion Grimaldi said it is “a pity” has helped re­fresh his child­hood that China’s sac­ri­fice and suf­fer­ing mem­o­ries of war. has not been given suf­fi­cient “The weightyear 1937in Fren­chis very his­tory spe­cial for, and we had such very sad his­tor­i­cal“We must mem­o­ries co­op­er­atein our mindswith as Chi­nawe grew,”to help said our Re­nouf,next gen­er­a­tionswho was one of re­mem­berthe last to leave that theit is ex­hi­bi­tion,easy for hu­man­which opened be­ings on to Satur­day­make af­ter­­vere mis­takes,”“We knew said some­thingGrimaldi, about who the was Nan­jing in­vited Mas­sacre.”to at­tend the Re­nouf, Na­tion­ala res­i­dent Me­mo­ri­alof Caen, Day a city events about this 200 year kilo­me­tersin China. from Paris, Grimaldi’ssaid the ex­hi­bi­tion sug­ges­tion taught­was him echoed more by about Zhangthe “hor­ri­fy­ingJian­jun, pages” cu­ra­tor of of Ja­pane­sethe Me­mo­rial ag­gres­sionHall again­st­for the China. Vic­tims of the Nan­jing Mas­sacre“These equalin the Nan­jing.Nazi crimesThe in me­mo­rial Europe,” hall said and Re­nouf. Grimaldi’s mu­seum or­ga­nized-Ja­panese troops killedthe French more than ex­hi­bi­tion. 300,000 civil­ians and un­armed“It is very sol­diers im­por­tant with­in­for our six weeks young as gen­er­a­tions­they ram­pagedto re­mem­ber through Nan­jing his­tory,in 1937.and we can Thou­sands deepen of women co­op­er­a­tionwere or­ga­niz­ing ex­hi­bi­tions,The Me­mo­rial his­to­ryde Caen ed­u­ca­tion mu­seum, and which joint opened re­search,”in 1988, said is ded­i­cat­edZhang, whoto the signed his­to­ryan agree­mentof con­flict in on the co­op­er­a­tion20th cen­tury.with GrimaldiIt is con­sid­ered prior theto the only ex­hi­bi­tion’s Euro­pean mu­seum open­ing. to re­count and ex­plain WW ZhaiII from Jun, a Chi­ne­se­global per­spec­­bas­sador “Youto France,can see who that in­au­gu­rat­edthis war started the in ex­hi­bi­tion,China, due said, to Ja­panese“We aim to ag­gres­sion.stop re­lay­ing It ha­tred­was notby only re­mem­beringin Europe his­tory.”but also in Asia, mainly Also in Satur­day,China,” saida mu­seum Stephane Grimaldi, ded­i­cated the to mu­se­um­women used direc­ “We­sex want slaves to clar­ify dur­ing these the his­toricwar truths opened for thein pub­lic.” Shang­hai. The mu­seum, Grimaldi lo­cat­ed­said it is at “a Shang­haip­ity” that China’s Nor­mal sac­ri­fice Univer­sity, and has suf­fer­ingdis­plays has not of been items given such suf­fi­cien­tas con­doms weight be­longin­gin French his­to­ryto Ja­panese books. sol­dier­sZhai Jun, dur­ing Chi­nese WWII, am­bas­sador­which to re­searcher­sFrance, who ob­tained in­au­gu­rated when the ex­hi­bi­tion,sur­vey­ing said, “com­fort“We aim women”to stop re­lay­ingsites cre­ated ha­tred by by the re­mem­ber­ingJa­panese his­tory.” mil­i­tary.

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