Leave Tuesday, June 2nd
- Be at school early for bus to leave at 6:30am (be at school at 6:15am)
Arrive back at school around 7pm
What to bring:
- Packed breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Umbrella (depending on forecast)
- Trip packet/assignment
In preparation for our trip to Nanjing, we will be watching the documentary “Nanking” which directly represents the museum we will be visiting. It is a documentary where several survivors of this tragic event tell their stories. Students will be exposed to some difficult and heartbreaking scenarios. We will be spending time afterwards debriefing the documentary, and discussing the events which occurred. The film has been edited because of two scenes in which two victims share their personal testimony. Please note all the pictures in the video are also on displayed in the museum. The documentary beautifully explains the history of China leading to this horrible tragedy and ends it with hope for the future. It focuses on the bravery of several ex-patriots from all over the world who saved the lives of hundreds of thousands. While it is a very serious documentary, we feel it is important to begin exposure to this event before we go to the museum.
“Nanking” tells the story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of the horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000 — an act of extraordinary heroism. Bringing an event little-known outside of Asia to a global audience, “Nanking” shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history. It is a gripping account of light in the darkest of times. Written anonymously.
In 1937, the Japanese army invades China in a cruel war and after the fall of Shanghai, the soldiers head to the capital Nanking. A group of Western foreigners led by John Rabe, Minnie Vautrin, Bob Wilson and George Fitch create the Safety Zone, a sanctuary that was not bombed by the Japanese airplanes, to protect thousands of refugees. While the Japanese soldiers reach the town on 13 December 1937, raping, slaughtering and pillaging the civilian, the heroic group of Westerns defends the lives of about 250,000 Chinese sacrificing their own freedom, and succeeds to tell the world the crimes of war committed by the Japanese army in Nanking. Written by Claudio Carvalho.
As one of the top three massacres during World War II, over 300, 000 Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were killed and thousands of houses were ruined by Japanese aggressors during the six weeks of bloodshed and looting, leaving the city in almost total devastation.
“Our aim is to make more people, especially the youth, acquainted with the history of the Chinese people to fight against Japanese aggressors, the significance of which is invaluable,” said Luo Zhijun, secretary of the Nanjing City Committee of the CPC. (china.org.cn)