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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 18, 2000

'Untold Atrocities'
Examines War in Asia

While the grim truth of the Jewish Holocaust is widely known, the massacres, forced prostitution and germ warfare experiments that were carried out at the same time in Asia have been largely ignored. The murder of millions of Chinese civilians by the Japanese military has been little more than a historical footnote.

This spring, California State University, Sacramento will present a special photographic exhibit and series of events examining the war entitled "Untold Atrocities: World War II in China."

The exhibit will be in the University Library's South Reading Room from March 8 through April 2. Ceremonies, lectures and videos are scheduled throughout March at various locations.

The exhibit will feature photos from the "Rape of Nanking," of the "comfort women" who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels, and of the germ and chemical warfare experiments carried out by Japan's Unit 731. The photos are on loan from the Alliance for Preserving the Truth of the Sino-Japanese War, and are accompanied by text.

"Untold Atrocities" opens with a ceremony at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 in the South Reading Room. San Jose Assemblyman Mike Honda, Sacramento Mayor Jimmie Yee and other dignitaries and community leaders will be on hand. A Buddhist monk and Jewish rabbi will present blessings and reconciliation speeches.

Then, on Tuesday, March 14, there will be a panel discussion on state-sponsored killings at 1:30 p.m., which will include Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, psychiatrist Albert Globus, CSUS professor of sociology Tom Kando and CSUS professor of social work Tony Platt. A second panel session featuring survivors is being scheduled.

There also will be a series of lectures. UC Davis professor Erich Loewy will speak on the ethics of human experimentation at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 12 and at noon, Thursday, March 16. Faith Fitzgerald, associate dean of the UC Davis Medical School, will talk about human experimentation at noon, Monday March 27.

Dates and times for video presentations are being arranged, as are other events.

The "Untold Atrocities" exhibit and events are free and open to the public. Due to the graphic nature of the exhibit, it may not be suitable for all ages.

An "Untold Atrocities" website is being developed and will include links to related information. More information is available at (916) 278-6522 or 278-6645.


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