• Short Summary

    BENEATH A NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED MEMORIAL IN SINGAPORE, LIE THE REMAINS OF SOME 12,000 CIVILIANS - KILLED DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION IN WORLD WAR TWO.

  • Description

    BENEATH A NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED MEMORIAL IN SINGAPORE, LIE THE REMAINS OF SOME 12,000 CIVILIANS - KILLED DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION IN WORLD WAR TWO. YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), A RE-BURIAL CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE SITE OF THE MEMORIAL. IT FOLLOWED THREE DAYS OF MOURNING BY THOUSANDS OF RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

    THE MEMORIAL, BUILT AT A COST OF GBP53,000 STERLING, IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. THE MONEY CAME FROM PUBLIC DONATIONS.

    THE REMAINS OF THE VICTIMS WERE COLLECTED FROM MASS GRAVES ALL OVER THE ISLAND DURING THE PAST FOUR YEARS. IN SOME OF THE GRAVES AS MANY AS 4,000 PEOPLE WERE FOUND BURIED. APPROXIMATELY HALF-A-MILLION PEOPLE ARE THOUGHT TO HAVE DIED DURING THE THREE-YEAR OCCUPATION OF THE ISLAND.

    IN YESTERDAY'S CEREMONY, THE REMAINS WERE CONTAINED IN 600 LARGE EARTHEN JARS WITH THE NAMES AND DATES OF DISCOVERY WRITTEN ON THE OUTSIDE. THEIR FINAL PLACE OF REST IS INSIDE THE MEMORIAL'S CHAMBER.

    LOUD SOBS BROKE THE THREE-MINUTE SILENCE OBSERVED BY THE LARGE GATHERING. RELATIVES CHANTED PRAYERS AND MADE OFFERINGS AT THE MEMORIAL.

    LAST WEEK, THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AGREED TO SETTLE A COMPENSATION DEMAND BY THE CHINESE COMMUNITY.

    SPEAKERS AT THE CEREMONY ATTACKED AN ARRANGEMENT UNDER WHICH JAPAN OFFERS GBP2,916,000 OUTRIGHT AND ABOUT ANOTHER GBP6,000,000 AS A LOAN TO SETTLE HER "BLOOD DEBT" TO SINGAPORE, A DEMAND FOR THE FULL SUM OUTRIGHT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE SINGAPORE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA27BTLHT1AWUW59KB8KEGU1GNB
    Media URN:
    VLVA27BTLHT1AWUW59KB8KEGU1GNB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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