Thanks to James Taylor for acquiring this speech, delivered by Party Secretary Zhang Quanlin at Liberation Day Opening Ceremony, August 17, 1945. The speech was delivered outdoors near the site of the former Block 23.
Mary Previte

 

Speech by Zhang Quanlin, Party Secretary

Weifang Municipal Committee of the CPC, 

at Opening Ceremony of Liberation Day, August 17, 2005

 

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning!

 

†††††††† On the occasion on the 60th anniversary of victory of the world anti-fascist war and Chinese anti-Japanese War, friends from different places of the world are gathering in Weifang and solemnly commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Weihsien Concentration Camp. It is of important historical significance and current significance. Above all I would like to extend hearty welcome on behalf of Weifang municipal committee of CPC and the Peopleís Government to the former Weihsieners, their relatives and friends, domestic and over seas guests and friends of the press circle.

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†††††††† During the anti-fascist war over 60 years ago, the peace loving people of the world united as one and safeguarded the dignity of mankind with blood and life and won the peace of the world. During the war, the Chinese Communist Party led the Chinese People in defeating the cruel militarist of Japan by indomitable spirit and made great contribution to the victory of the world anti-fascist war.

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†††††††† After the Pacific War broke out, the Japanese fascist set up the biggest foreignersí concentration camp of China at Weihsien Ledaoyuan to intern the peace-loving foreign residents.

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†††††††† There were about 2008 innocent foreigners including many international public figures such as Mr. Arthur Hummel, the former US Ambassador to new China, Mr. Eric Liddell, the famous English Olympic Champion of 400-meter race and 327 children interned in the concentration camp.

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†††††††† In those years, with adverse circumstances and no personal freedom, the internees were still keeping a active and optimistic state of mind and cherished the most glorious aspiration. They thirsted for peace and freedom. They had an active attitude and took care of each other. The spirit permanently encourages people in seeking for the happy bright future.

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†††††††† In the hard years the internees got disinterested assistance and sympathy from the local people and anti-Japanese guerrilla forces and thus formed profound friendship with Weifang people. Precisely because of the special emotion we come together again.

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†††††††† The war is a common disaster of mankind. Our commemoration today is to remember the history well so that treasure the peace. Letís go forward hand in hand to brighter future of mankind insisting on the theme of peace and development

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†††††††† The past six decades have witnessed the earth-shaking change in Weifang under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. Now Weifang is forging ahead with rapidly developing economy, stable society and politics toward the goal of prosperous modern city

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†††††††† I sincerely hope during your stay the guests look around for more understanding on the long history and development of Weifang. All guests and your relatives and friends are always welcome to come Weifang for tourism, communication and cooperation.

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†††††††† Lastly, wish a full success of the commemoration!

Wish all the guests good health and merry heart in Weifang!

 

Thank you!

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