Overseas Chinese help uncover relics of Nanjing Massacre
2018-10-23 18:01:00


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have included China’s documents regarding the Nanjing Massacre on its list of collections on the Memory of the World Register. These documents, including the Diaries of John Rabe and the films and pictures John Magee shot during that episode of history, clearly and irrefutably testify the atrocities by Japanese invaders in Nanjing in 1937.

On October 22, Mr. Shao Ziping, a Chinese from the United States, and Ms. Shao Hua, a Chinese from Germany, visited the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders and donated historical materials. Overseas Chinese have made great efforts in collecting important historical evidences to the tragedy.

During the Nanjing Massacre, John Magee, an American Episcopal priest, secretly shot 105 minutes of film with a 16mm movie camera, documenting the atrocities of the Japanese invaders. This film is the only motional picture of the Nanjing Massacre which has survived to today and becomes the ironclad proof of the massacre. In 2002, John Magee's son, David Magee, donated the camera and the four rolls of film tape that his father documented to the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders.

Mr. Shao Ziping who discovered the film of Magee at the earliest donated the 58-page-long notes he took in the search process to the Memorial Hall. Shao, now over 80 years old, has worked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for a long time. In 1998, he founded the Foundation for Commemoration of the Nanjing Massacre Victims in New York to help seek justice for the victims.

In the early 1990s, Shao learned that the original of Magee’s film remained and began to search for it through various channels. He traveled from New York to the Anglican Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, and then went to the St. John's Church in Washington, DC, where Mr. John Magee worked after returning to the United States. Shao found the contact information of David Magee, the son of John Magee from the archives of Yale Divinity School.

Shao Hua, a German-Chinese and a Nanjing native, also participated in the search for the Diaries of Rabe. Through one of her German friends, she contacted Mrs. Reinhart, the granddaughter of Rabe, again and again to persuade her to publicize the Diaries of John Rabe.

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