Thousands of shoes honoring Chinese laborers killed in World War II

A special exhibition focused on the tragic history of Chinese laborers is held at the “Mukden Incident” history museum in Shenyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

“Don’t forget history for peace”, a special exhibition focused on the tragic history of Chinese laborers was held at the “Mukden Incident” history museum in Shenyang.

Thousands of pairs of black cloth shoes were placed neatly on the museum square, from the east side of the museum monument to an “S”-shaped walkway at the entrance of the exhibition hall. The display commemorates 6,830 Chinese laborers killed in Japan during World War II. At that time, those forced to go to Japan did not wear shoes. These shoes, denied to the victims, symbolizes their dignity by being neatly placed in the same area today.

This not only honors victims, but also reminds people from China and Japan of history and promotes peace.