Family worship ceremony for massacre victims held in Nanjing
2017-12-04 16:36:00

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The family worship ceremony for victims of Nanjing Massacre was held in front of the name wall at the Memorial Hall of Victims of Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders at 9:00 am on December 3.

The activity was an indictment of Japan's militarist crimes and an occasion to remember the victims, carry on the testimony of the survivors and the historical memory, so that tragedies like the Nanjing Massacre will never happen again.

Nanjing Massacre survivors Xia Shuqin, Yu Changxiang and their families came to pay tribute to the name wall. The elders read family letters, commemorating their families who died in the holocaust 80 years ago.

The 88-year-old Xia Shuqin was the first Nanjing Massacre survivor who went to Japan after WWII to accuse it of its atrocities. Recalling those dark moments, she couldn't stop crying. On the morning of December 13, 1937, a group of Japanese soldiers came to her home, shot her father and grandparents dead, killed her little sister, and raped and killed her mother and two elder sisters. Xia Shuqin was hurt on the back by bayonet three times and fainted away at the time.

The 90-year-old Yu Changxiang came to the ceremony on wheelchair. The name wall was the place where he could commemorate his past families.

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