Qui est criminel de guerre ?
Celui qui tue ?
Celui qui donne l'ordre de tuer ?
Celui au nom de qui on tue ?
Lequel est criminel de guerre ?
We didn't talk about it afterward. Not to loved ones, or to neighbors who stared at us from across the street, or to the newspapermen who were curious to know more about these lost children, returned from the war in the East like ghosts come back from the dead. We quietly packed it all away in our battered suitcases and stepped awkwardly back into the lives we'd once known. Eventually, everyone stopped asking; ...
Harbin in north China was once the heart of a vibrant Russian community. But by the mid-1930s, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria drove many Russians to seek refuge elsewhere. For the thousands who returned to their motherland in the Soviet Union, it was a bitter home coming. At the height of Stalin's purges, they were arrested as Japanese spies. Some were shot, others sent to labour camps, few survived. (...)
Preface The red-bearded Caucasian in Chinese mandarin garb looking down from the frame above my parents' mantle was my dad's grandfather, Paul Splingaerd. He was a Belgian who went to China and married the Chinese lady in the matching frame a few feet away. He was the reason I was born in China, and that was all I knew about him for most of my life.
Through the years, when I asked relatives about Paul, they would tell ...
25 September 2019:
`I heard from someone who speaks Japanese that they have received orders that if the Allies set foot on Honshu or Kyushu, their home islands, we are all to be eliminated and the guards then have to fall on their swords,' Grandpa said, with a certain relish.
'Bert, not in front of Ronald, please,' Granny said.
Then turning to me,
'Do not worry, nothing like that will happen. When we win the war we will go back safe to home.'
I was not sure whether to believe
Granny or Grandpa ...
... in the "People/Chefoo-group", go to Peter Bazire's chapter. New layout for his "Weihsien-Diary". The pages are now "readable"! Also [click] on the little face with the blinking eyes ...
June 25, 2019
Documentary & interviews from CNTV recopied from the Chinese "Internet".
... & what can be found on the Chinese version of: "You Tube" ... all about Weihsien - 1943-1945 ...
... enjoy ...
"Only Concentration in Chefoo"
... as a school project for National History Day, a nation wide competition in which students create history projects in various formats and are judged accordingly.
May 2019 ... and before:
This website is slowly being renovated in order to make it "responsive" ...
To this date, most of it is finished and I will keep you informed as to the further chapters becoming "compatible" ...
(thanks for your "patience") !