228 Incident records could join world holocaust history: editor

A group of 1246 Taiwanese people gather to form "Don't forgot 228" in front of the Chiang Kai-shek memorial to mark the 228 Incident, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in Taipei, Taiwan. The 228 Incident, also known as the 228 Massacre, was an anti-government, anti-Chinese uprising in Taiwan that began on Feb. 28, 1947, and was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang (KMT) government. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Taipei, (CNA) The editor of a book on the Feb. 28, 1947 Incident called for quickened steps Sunday to collect audio and video records which she said could be part of a global effort to remember Holocaust victims of World War II.

Felicity Chiu (邱斐顯), editor of “Righting the Wrongs of the 228 Incident and Transitional Justice,” made her calls during a speech at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum.

The book is a collection of interviews with key figures, including victims’ relatives, politicians and academics, to discuss ways and means of redressing the aftermaths of the 1947 tragedy in which thousands of people were killed.

Three days after the book was published in December 2017, Taiwan’s Legislature passed a law on transitional justice, authorizing the government to set up an independent agency to right the wrongs of the 228 Incident.

As victims and their second-generation offsprings who can give witness accounts of the tragedy gradually pass away, there is an urgent need to speed up the gathering of oral history from them, she said.

She suggested that the audio and video history records from Taiwan be put along with those of the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education that was founded by U.S. movie director Steven Spielberg.

“We should keep the audio and video records” of narratives by the survivors and victims’ family members for the sake of the future generations, said Chiu.

Taiwanese aborigines hold portraits of victims during the 60th anniversary of the “2-28 incident,” a Chinese troop crackdown on Taiwanese at the 228 Peace Park, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Taipei, Taiwan. During the ceremony, Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian accused the opposition Nationalist Party, KMT, of ducking responsibility for four decades of human rights abuses, as Taiwan geared up for upcoming legislative elections in December, and a presidential ballot in March 2008. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

The foundation at the University of Southern California has collected 53,000 video records from 63 countries, including those on the 1937 Rape of Nanking, aimed at avoiding a repeat of Holocaust.

Several high school teachers in the audience said after Chiu’s speech that memorial activities should be held on campuses on the upcoming anniversary of the incident.

(By Lo Yuan-shao and S.C. Chang)