75th Nanjing Massacre Commemoration

The year 2012 marks the 75th Anniversary of Nanking Massacre – the forgotten holocaust during WWII in Asia. The Toronto Association for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia has organized a Candlelight Vigil and Community Forum at OISE Auditorium, University of Toronto on December 9th, 6-9 PM.

Statue at the Nanjing Massacre Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Statue at the Nanjing Massacre Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Site of Mass Grave at the Nanjing Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Site of Mass Grave at the Nanjing Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Speakers Bio:

Mr. Chu-Yeh Chang was 14 years old when he was captured by an officer from a Japanese military engineering troop in the suburb of Nanjing. He witnessed the slaughtering and rape of family members and the aftermath of the Nanking Massacre as a teenager. After being schooled in Nanjing, Mr. Chang moved to Taiwan to serve as a journalist for 30 years. Mr. Chang currently resides in Middletown, New Jersey with his wife Ms. Margaret Ting. He has just celebrated his 90th birthday with his children and grandchildren.  

Tamaki Matsuoka is a researcher, writer and film producer.  Born in Osaka, Japan in April 1947, she became an elementary school teacher in 1982. She visited Nanjing for the first time in 1988 and since then has been educating Japanese people, and especially youth, about the Nanjing Massacre and Japanese military aggression. Spanning through three decades, she has interviewed more than 300 individual Nanjing Massacre victims and over 250 former Japanese soldiers and in 2007 produced the documentary “Torn Memories of Nanjing”. The film was nominated for the documentary film section at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and was invited to appear at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Floor plate with name of victim from the Nanjing Massacre Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

Floor plate with name of victim from the Nanjing Massacre Victims Memorial Hall, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

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