Dimitry Anselme

Dimitry is Facing History's Program Director for Staff Development.

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80 Years Later, Nanjing Reminds Us of The Humanity We Need Today

Posted by Dimitry Anselme on December 13, 2017

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese Army’s invasion of Nanjing, the capital of China in 1937. This is a difficult moment to observe—one that I struggle with. How should I and other educators mark this moment? What lessons should our students draw from it? It is not a celebration but rather a somber memorial of mass violence of a magnitude that is still difficult for our minds to grasp.

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Topics: The Nanjing Atrocities


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