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Keeping a Close Watch on the Beautiful — on Nanjing Massacre Archives Heritage Inscription Success

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

10-15-2015 10:46 BJT

By Hao Qingjie, Social Science Center, Ministry of Education

Nanjing offers beautiful scenery with a long history, as its residents had suffered from the Nanjing Massacre more than 70 years ago. Today, the Nanjing Massacre Archives have been included in the UNESCO “Memory of the World Register” to reflect on human nature, peace and justice for people all over the world, especially the Chinese.

on Nanjing Massacre Archives Heritage Inscription Success

on Nanjing Massacre Archives Heritage Inscription Success

The successful application of the archives as a world heritage requires us to recall painful experiences of our history. According to the investigation, for about six weeks, Japanese troops had committed a massacre in the city where more than 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were shot and buried alive.

The memories of victims would fade over time, and the knowledge of history would change in one way or another.

The archives cherish the memory of history, symbolizing a baptism of the mind. It’s not perpetuating hatred to reflect on a hard won peace, while educating people to take concrete actions for peace and justice.

During World War II (WWII), the Chinese War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression started here, lasting the longest duration, and the Chinese have suffered much bitterness over it. Over 35 million Chinese were wounded or killed. The Chinese made enormous sacrifices on the main oriental battlefield of the anti-fascist war.

The successful inscription for UNESCO means strong support from the international community and a vivid education, for more people to understand that history should not be tampered with, highlighting the power of peace and justice as invincible.

A war is like a mirror, which can make others recognize the preciousness of peace. War is also a painful learning experience, but justice must prevail over evil.

Human nature has both a brutal and selfish side along with a kind and good side. During WWII, the fascist states were running rampant for a while, occupying much of Europe and more than half of China. The world was struggling between righteousness and wickedness, life over death.

History has demonstrated that evil forces can succeed for a while; winning over nations and cultures, but from a long-term historical trend, the kinder side of human nature would ultimately prevail.

Understanding the tragic history of the Nanjing Massacre can help all of us to cherish peace. The Chinese remain determined to keep watch on the beautiful side of human nature and they will persevere for the sake of peace and justice. That’s the profound educational implications of working with UNESCO.


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