Date of letter:March 7, 1993
Address of author:Deyang City, Sichuan Province
Date of event:1931-1940
Location of event:Yingkou City, Liaoning Province
Name of author:Wang Wencheng
Name(s) of victim(s):Wang Enpu
Type of atrocity:Others (OT)
Other details:In 1931 when Japanese invaders occupied Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, Wang Wencheng’s father Wang Enpu was forced to carry goods for them and was beaten and abused. One day in February, 1940, Wang Enpu was forced to carry goods before having lunch, during which he fell into water and no Japanese soldier tried to rescue hime, thus he was drowned.
Chinese civil personal claim letter for reparation for victims of Japan’s war crime
To the Japanese Government:
My name is Wang Wencheng. I was born in December, 1930 at Baicao Village, Shuiyuan District, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, the People’s Republic of China. Now I live at Retirement Division, Dongfang Electric Machinery Co., Ltd., Deyang City, Sichuan Province. With extreme grief, I denounce the crimes committed by the Japanese invaders to my families as follows:
My father Wang Enpu, male, was born in 1899. He was a farmer. After the sinful and malicious Japanese invaders occupied Baicao Village, Shuiyuan District, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province in 1931, they ordered my father to use his horse carriage (with two horses) to transport goods for them. The Japanese army was cruel and cold-blooded, and did not treat my father as a human. I saw them beating my father with gunstocks and kicking him with riding boots many times. What my father had suffered is hard to describe with words!
I will never forget the monstrous crime committed by the Japanese invaders on one day at the beginning of February, 1940! That early morning, the Japanese army again forced my father to transport straw for them before he had a chance to have breakfast. Because the carriage was over loaded, it was rather difficult for my father to manipulate it. When he reached the junction bridge outside the village, he and the carriage tumbled and plunged under the bridge of more than 2 meters high into the freezing water below. My father was crushed under the carriage in the icy water. The two Japanese soldiers who were there supervising did not do anything to help but left him to drown. This is the tragedy of how my father died in the freezing water. This is the crimes the Japanese invaders committed to my families and me, as well as another proof for the Chinese civilians’ sufferings. Since then, my families and I have plunged into an abyss of agony. For decades, we can never forget the horrific scene when and where my father died so tragically! The Japanese invaders have caused our irretrievable mental and economic losses. I was only 9 at that time, but since then I have been hoping the Chinese Government would claim the blood debts from the Japanese invaders and the Japanese Government for us in the name of justice!
What I accused above is completely true. My cousin Wang Wenxue, male, born in 1929, still living and in good health, can prove that for me. His residence address is: Baicao Village, Shuiyuan District, Yingkou City, Liaoning Province, the People’s Republic of China.
On this account, as a Chinese citizen harmed by the Japanese invaders, for justice and for Chinese people’s dignity and honor, I strongly request that the Japanese Government locate the murderers and indict them for the crimes they committed. Also, I urge the current Japanese Government to indemnify the mental and economic losses of my families and me caused by the Japanese invaders at wartime, and make official apologies to us!
Claimer: Chinese citizen, Wang Wencheng
March 7th, 1993
Home address: Retirement Division, Dongfang Electric Machinery Co., Ltd., Deyang City,
Sichuan Province, the People’s Republic of China