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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: February 15, 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 campus 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.

A website developed for the event will feature information on the photos, speakers and films, as well as a biography of related print material and Web links. The address is

"Untold Atrocities" opens with a ceremony at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 in the Library South Reading Room. San Jose Assemblyman Mike Honda, Sacramento Mayor Jimmie Yee and other dignitaries and community leaders will be on hand. Rev. Bob Oshita, a monk from the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, and Rabbi Matthew Friedman of Congregation Beth Shalom will present blessings and reconciliation speeches.

At 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, there will be a panel discussion on state-sponsored killings in the University Union Forest Suite. It will include Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, psychiatrist Albert Globus, CSUS professor of ethnic studies Shotaro Hayashigatani, CSUS professor of sociology Tom Kando and CSUS professor of social work Tony Platt.

The series of lectures begins Sunday, March 12 with UC Davis professor Erich Loewy, who will speak on the bio-ethics of human experimentation at 2 p.m. in the Library South Reading Room. Loewy will speak on the same topic at noon, Thursday, March 16 in the University Union Foothill Suite.

Faith Fitzgerald, associate dean of the UC Davis Medical School, will speak on human experimentation at noon, Monday, March 27 in the University Union Orchard Suite.

Three different films will be shown in Library 1533. In the Name of the Emperor will be shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19 and 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29; Rape of Nanking will be shown at noon, Monday, March 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26; and Unit 731: Nightmare in Manchuria will be shown at noon, Thursday, March 23 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 26.

The "Untold Atrocities" exhibit and events are free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by CSUS and a number of community groups, including the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Association for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia, the Florin Japanese American Citizens League, the Sacramento Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Sacramento Chapter of the Korean American Coalition.

Due to the graphic nature of the exhibit and events, they may not be suitable for all ages.

More information is available at (916) 278-6522 or 278-6645 or at the "Untold Atrocities" website at


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