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Students from Nanjing Foreign Language School take the historical materials of Nanjing Massacre to the History Competition of American High School Students - "Let more people know the truth of Nanjing Massacre"

Students from Nanjing Foreign Language School take the historical materials of Nanjing Massacre to the History Competition of American High School Students - "Let more people know the truth of Nanjing Massacre"

In February this year, in the city of St. Louis across the ocean, a competition called "National History Day" was going on. This was a history competition for high school students in the United States. Its theme of this year was "Victory and Tragedy".


When LV Xiaoyan and his partner took part in the History Competition of American High School Students, they took a picture with their display board about Nanjing Massacre.

Lu Xiaoyan, a student from Junior 1, Nanjing Foreign Language School, who was in the High School Affiliated to Washington University in St. Louis, and her American partner made the display board, which attracted the attention of the judges. "The Nanjing Massacre", the words in the cold color in the center of the display board were very striking.

The whole display board was divided into three parts. The "Tragedy" section on the left was an interview record of the number of casualties, comfort women and victims of the Nanjing Massacre; the "Victory" section on the right included the story of John Rabe, the victory of the World War II, etc. There were a variety of pictures about the Nanjing Massacre in the middle. Among the dozens of competitors, this was the only group that had "Nanking Massacre" as its theme.

At the scene, 16-year-old LV Xiaoyan introduced the Nanjing Massacre to the judges in fluent English. She answered the questions of the judges calmly. She impressed the judges with her knowledge of the History about Nanking Massacre.

"When I saw the theme of this year's competition, as a Nanjing native, my first thought was to let more people know about the Nanjing Massacre." "In the United States, many people know about the Holocaust. We go to see relevant plays. Every city has relevant museums, which is a must in textbooks," said Lv. The Rwandan massacre is also well known. But about Nanjing Massacre, I knew only my history teacher and my brother of the homestay knew it. It makes me feel bad."

From the earliest days of his life, LV Xiaoyan learned a lot about the Nanjing Massacre from her parents and teachers. When she was in the primary school, the teachers organized them to visit the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre. When she was in the junior high school, she systematically studied the history of Nanjing Massacre in the history class. She also interviewed many ordinary citizens, experts and overseas students with her classmates to pay attention to their understanding of the Nanjing Massacre, and made a PPT to show in the history class.

"Especially on the Annual Public Memorial Day, when the sharp air-raid Siren rings, people's panic and suffering will appear in my eyes. I pray that such a tragedy will never happen again. " Lv said "So, in the humanitarian spirit and with a basic respect for life, I persuaded my partner to join me to popularize the relevant history of Nanjing Massacre, so that more people can fully understand the World War II, understand the Chinese people, understand the glory of human nature during the war, and spread the concept of peace to the whole world," said LV Xiaoyan.  

In foreign countries, not only were there few people who know the Nanking Massacre, but also there was very little information about it. Lv and her partner found valuable interviews with the victims on Chinese websites and translated them into English. They also spent their holidays finding records about the Nanjing Massacre in the St. Louis history museum. After two months or so of preparation, they finally came second in the competition and qualified to represent St. Louis to compete in Missouri.

In the middle of March, when she had the spring vacation, LV Xiaoyan returned to Nanjing. Thinking about the upcoming state competition in April, twice, she walked into the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese invaders in China, and learned more about recording in detail, and again to collect high definition photos and other materials at the Memorial Hall.

After flying back to the United States, in the next competition, LV Xiaoyan and her partner expanded the display board and added more information and pictures. Driven by her, her homestay family's younger brother also joined in, helping her paste photos and draw frames, and thus learn more about the Nanjing Massacre.

"The state judges asked my partner," What's the biggest gain? " My partner said that he didn't know anything about this topic, but through this competition, he learned about the Nanjing Massacre and hoped to let more people know about this history through himself. I think I have achieved my original intention to participate in this competition. " "Although we didn't get a good place in the state race, I was successful as long as I could make my classmates, judges and competitors know more about the Nanjing Massacre," said LV Xiaoyan  

LV Xiaoyan said that when she was looking for documents abroad, she found that there were still few documents about the Nanjing Massacre, and the international attention was not high. "Therefore, as a young student, especially in Nanjing, she should shoulder the responsibility and mission of inheriting history, and then spread the" baton "of peace to the world, and become the messenger of peace."

"About Nanking Massacre, what should be paid attention to is not only the number of casualties, but also the courage of the Chinese people and the kindness of international friends. We should spread love, not hate. I think it is the right posture that should be made to spread peace, "said LV Xiaoyan firmly.