Wednesday, July 27, 2016

China museum seeks witnesses from WWII trials


July 14, 2016 (Xinhua) - A museum in Shenyang, capital city of northeast China's Liaoning Province, has launched a drive to find and record interviews with witnesses in the trial of Japanese war criminals 60 years ago.
"We would like to keep video record of these witnesses. We would also be grateful if they could give us some historical items to display," said Cui Junguo, curator of the September 18th Museum.
"We hope this message can reach the descendants of Japanese war criminals as well," Cui added.
In June and July 1956, 45 Japanese stood trial in special military tribunals under the Supreme People's Court in Shenyang and Taiyuan of north China's Shanxi province.
It was the first time since the Opium War that China had tried foreign invaders independently
None of the defendants were sentenced to death. They received jail terms of eight to 10 years.
"Many of them later became advocates of Sino-Japanese friendship. Some spent the rest of their lives promoting peace," Cui said.

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