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"Survivor Testimony" for the Nanjing Massacre: Xia Shuqin
   2014-12-09 07:18:28    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo

Xia Shuqin is one of the few survivors of Nanjing Massacre [Photo: people.com]

December 13th marks the first-ever National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre that happened 77 years ago in China.

Ahead of the day, we are going to bring you a series of special reports, telling the stories of those who survived the atrocities committed by the Japanese army.

Eighty-five years old Xia Shuqin lost 9 family members on December 13th, 1937, when the whole family was looted by the Japanese army.

Her grandparents were shot dead. Her mother and three sisters were raped and then murdered. Xia Shuqin herself was stabbed three times before fainting.

"I was not aware that I was stabbed. When I woke up, I saw that my mother and my sisters were killed, and all barely dressed. Three others who lived next to us also died in our house. I crawled with my sister; the injury was painful and I lost a lot of blood. All the 13 people living inside the courtyard died, except for me and my sister."

After hiding in the house for 14 days, the sisters were rescued.

"Although the miserable experience has past for over 70 years, I still cannot forget it. The Japanese right-wingers said I'm a fake witness. This is like living through it all a second time."

The survivor added that her experience is a testament to the reality of the Nanjing Massacre.

"We, the Chinese people should remember how much pain that the Japanese aggressors brought upon us, and we should thus oppose any war and cherish any peace."

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