Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Nanking Massacre Candlelight Vigil and Photograph Exhibit

Auschwitz. Dachau. Treblinka.

Nanking?

Many people have heard of and remember the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, but few are aware of the horrors experienced in the Far East in the same era. Over 20 million Chinese civilians were mercilessly slaughtered by their Japanese invaders between 1931-1945 in what as been called the "Asian Holocaust."

The Nanking Massacre of 1937 is the most well known event in this span. During this week long event, over 300,000 Chinese civilians, residents of the city of Nanking were murdered in their homes and in the streets.

To honor those lost, there will be a candlelight vigil on the diag at 9:00 PM tomorrow, November 9th. The vigil will be accompanied by an address from keynote speaker Ignatius Ding, spokesperson for the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia. It is sure to be a moving event. Related to this event, there will also be a photographic exhibit in the second floor ballroom of Haven Hall from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM.

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