Historians begin to compile Nanjing Massacre Encyclopedia

16:39, December 14, 2010      

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A man takes photos at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 12, 2010. A series of activities were held in Nanjing to mourn for more than 300,000 citizens of Nanjing massacred by Japanese invaders in 1937, marking the 73rd anniversary of the tragedy which falls on Dec. 13, when an encyclopedia compilation project based on this tragic event in history was formally launched in Nanjing. (Photo by Wang Xin/Xinhua)

As one of the memorial events to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, an encyclopedia compilation project based on this tragic event in history was formally launched on Dec. 13

It is the first large-scale and original text reviewing the history of the Nanjing Massacre that will fill a void in the World War II-themed encyclopedias in China.

Zhu Chengshan, curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, said thanks to the tireless efforts of groups of experts and scholars, breakthroughs were made in the discovery, collection and publication of first-hand historical data about this massacre, including the diary of John Rabe, the diary of Minnie Vautrin and the diary of Azuma Shiro.

"The dictionary will focus on the history of the Nanjing Massacre, compiling about 10 topics from the people, places, events, institutions, documents, archives, material evidences, researches, education and publicity," Zhu said.

Moreover, from the late of 2006 to January of 2010, a Sino-Japan joint research project managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan identified and agreed about the atrocities of the Japanese army and the facts of the Nanjing Massacre in principle.

"Those are all significant materials for compiling the encyclopedia," Sun Zhaiwei, a researcher from the Institute of History of the Nanjing Academy of Social Sciences, said.

Considering the complicated nature of mixed raw materials, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall will invite authoritative experts from Japan, the United States and other related countries to take part in the compilation work to ensure high standards.

The encyclopedia is expected to be published in 2013.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online
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