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December 13th, 2018 – 81st Anniversary of the Nanjing Genocide 2018年12月13日——南京大屠杀81周年

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate with you the 81st Anniversary of the Nanjing Genocide.

I join with the Chinese Canadian community in remembering the victims of this atrocity.

Jim Karygiannis visiting the Nanjing Massacre Musuem

On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army captured the former Chinese capital city of Nanjing.  During the six weeks that followed, the occupying soldiers beat, killed, kidnapped and raped innocent civilians and soldiers.  In this atrocity, 300,000 people were brutally killed in a heinous display of the evil some humans are capable of.

I visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial in China, several times in the past 10 years, where I paid my respects.  I felt and understood the magnitude of the tragedy which occurred 81 years ago.  I prayed that the victims of the genocide are at peace. We pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants.

As a City Councillor, I placed a Motion at Toronto City Council in 2016 for the recognition of the Nanjing Massacre.

Today I join both the Chinese community and the world, in the remembrance of these unimaginable crimes.  As we reflect on what transpired in Nanjing, it is our duty to prevent such crimes from being committed in the future.  It is through our collective remembrance that steps can be taken to make sure that no society ever sees such unspeakable acts again.

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge as we work toward a better future for all mankind.






作为市议员, 2016年我在多伦多市议会提出了一项纪念南京大屠杀的动议。