In Rememberance of those who died in “The Rape of Nanking”, and
In Honor and Tribute to Iris Chang, and Minnie Vautrim, who were deeply affected by what happened to the Chinese people and subsequently committed suicide.
Ms Vautrim was a missionary from Illinois who sacrificially served the Chinese people in Nanking, committed suicide “haunted by the images she saw, and feeling responsible of not being able to save more lives….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_Vautrin
Yesterday, I watched a couple of episodes on China TV documenting the atrocities of the Rape of Nanking.
After church, I watched online the documentary Nanking (Chinese: 南京) is a 2007 film about the 1937 Nanking Massacre committed by the Japanese army in the former capital city Nanjing, China. The film draws on letters and diaries from the era as well as archive footage and interviews with surviving victims and perpetrators of the massacre. This film was conceptualized and funded by AOL Vice-Chairman Ted Leonsis.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that Xi and other Chinese leaders attended a ceremony on the 77th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre to preserve memories of Japan’s brutal invasion.
Addressing soldiers, students and survivors of the December 1937 killings carried out by occupying Japanese troops, Xi slammed Japanese ultra-nationalists who seek to deny the massacre, AP noted.
Invading Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China’s capital, on Dec 13, 1937, and started a 40-odd-day slaughter. More than 300,000 Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers were murdered and about 20,000 women were raped.
“Anyone who tries to deny the massacre will not be allowed by history, the souls of the 300,000 deceased victims, the 1.3 billion Chinese people, and all people who love peace and justice in the world,” Xi said.
“Only if everyone cherishes and safeguards peace, and only if everyone remembers the bitter lessons of war, can there be hope for peace,” he said.
“Yes, Lord Jesus, we can only have peace when You our Prince of Peace rules and reign. Lord, have mercy on the Chinese people, who have suffered much in the past, in the hands of many world powers, just like the Jews. Lord Jesus, give the Chinese your Spirit of wisdom and revelation that they may know Jesus, and only then, will our hearts be enlightened, and know the hope that is in You and in us.”
I look forward to the day when the Chinese will understand how there are no images in the Altar of Heaven in Beijing, and there are only sculptures of lambs placed before a tablet inscribed with the words “TO THE GOD ABOVE” (http://www.faithofourfathersbooks.com/)