China News Service, Nanjing, September 18 (Reporter Shen Ran) Yang Cuiying, Li Rufu, Ma Jiwu, Xu Jiaqing... At 9:18 on September 18, 2021, the Japanese invaders in the exhibition hall of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, a lamp The small light was quietly extinguished, and the dim photos and names dimmed, representing the passing of an old man who had survived the war.

On September 18, in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, people came to the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders to commemorate the compatriots and remember the history.

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  That day was the 90th anniversary of the September 18th Incident. On this day of special significance, the memorial hall held a light-off ceremony for the eight Nanjing Massacre survivors who died this year.

The families of the survivors rang the bell of peace in the museum, reminding the world to remember history, not forget the past, and cherish peace.

  Ninety years ago, since the September 18th Incident, the iron shoes of the invaders have stepped across the land of China.

The Nanjing Massacre was one of the most cruel crimes committed by the Japanese army in China. Countless ordinary people died under butcher knives.

Even the survivors still endure the pain and torture left by the war.

They are victims and witnesses of history.

  "The Japanese army invaded the city of Nanjing that year, and my grandmother committed suicide in grief because she was worried about her family. My grandfather also disappeared. The 8-year-old mother and two younger sisters who lost their closest relatives overnight moved to foster families. The 11-year-old father also witnessed it with his own eyes. The scenes of the Japanese army killing compatriots left mental trauma.” Ma Jiwu, a survivor of the Nanjing Massacre, passed away in July this year. He ruined his father’s childhood and left them with indelible pain. Every time they talk about it, they urge us to remember this painful history."

On September 18, in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, people came to the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders to commemorate the compatriots and remember the history.

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  Yang Huaiqing is the daughter of the survivor Yang Cuiying. She insisted on participating in the lights-off and bell-strike ceremony that day when she was elderly.

"This is our important responsibility to pass on history. What happened to mothers is real to our generation; but for children now, it is far away. With the passing of survivors, how can children remember this? A piece of history? It's good if we can do a hard work!"

  As time goes by, the old survivors fade away.

  A reporter from China News Agency learned from the memorial that, so far, only 64 survivors have been registered with the Nanjing Japanese Army Victims Aid Association.

  "When the alarm sounded, I think all the survivors, both alive and dead, are watching and listening. They are not only admonishing us not to forget history, but also expecting us to be self-reliant. This is the meaning of'historical gaze'. ." Zhang Jianjun, curator of the memorial hall, told a reporter from China News Agency. (over)

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