Sketching faces of survival By Yang Yijun (China Daily)

SHANGHAI – In the memorial hall for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, one can look into the eyes of survivors.

In a new exhibit, 30 sketches of living survivors line the walls, with a 20-line poem telling each one’s story.

“The sketches not only resemble the survivors, but show how much hurt the war has left on them,” said Zhu Chengshan, the curator of the Nanjing-based memorial hall, which commemorates the slaughter of civilians by Japanese troops in 1937.

“They are witnesses of history, so their stories will have a more powerful influence on visitors.”

Zhu said the idea came from another exhibition held in 2006 which displayed 600 portraits of victims.

Full story: Sketching faces of survival.

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