Nanjing Massacre exhibition attract visitors in central, east Europe
2018-06-13 15:14:00

The history of Nanjing Massacre was exhibited to people in central and east Europe. The "Common Witness: Nanjing Massacre1937" exhibition was launched in the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk, Belarus on June 5. And the "Common Witness: Nanjing Memory 1937" exhibition kicked off at National House S Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, on June 7.

Based on historical materials in Europe and America, the exhibitions shed light on details, tell stories, and present third-party archives through diaries, correspondence, photographs, and images of European and American professors, missionaries, doctors, reporters, diplomats, or businessmen who were in Nanjing in 1937. This shows the history of the Nanjing Massacre witnessed by Europeans and Americans.

Yang Liuqun, vice chairman of the Jiangsu Provincial Association for International Cultural Exchanges, said that the cities of Nanjing, Minsk, and Prague have many things in common although they are far apart. The three cities have created splendid civilization, all were destroyed by the invaders during the Second World War, and then rebuilt from ruins in the post-war reconstruction. Holding an exhibition in such two cities is to further cement the consensus among people in different countries to respect history and safeguard peace together.

Zhang Jianjun, curator of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders signed an agreement of cooperation with the Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum, pledging to maintain personnel exchanges and continue cooperation. He said that the important mission of a memorial hall is to let more people understand the true history and let the real history be read by more people.

It is the first time the history of Nanjing Massacre was exhibited in central and east European countries since “Documents of the Nanjing Massacre” was inscribed on the Memory of the World Register by UNESCO in 2015.

The exhibitions attracted many local visitors, who were shocked and touched by the dark history. Many visitors in Prague said it is necessary to let more people know the history, especially the younger generation.

The exhibitions also attracted over 50 local media.

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