Museum reveals horror of Nanjing Massacre
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 books.us, 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 afternoon.severe 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 raped.in 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 perspective.ambassador “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 director.as “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.