Showcasing the Pain of Nanjing – Mark Magnier

The Los Angeles Times profiles the museum honoring victims of the Nanking Massacre, which has been renovated in time for the 70th anniversary:


With growing wealth and power comes a push to better showcase its pain and, by extension, to lay a stronger claim to history.

The refurbished museum is leaps ahead of its predecessor, which was poorly organized and largely devoid of the personal stories that help bring history alive. The $33-million upgrade includes multimedia exhibits, survivor accounts, dioramas of bombed-out buildings and a glass bridge over a partially unearthed mass grave — not pretty viewing, but powerful. [Full text]

[Image: A child walks in the Memorial Hall of the Victims, by AP via LA Times]


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