Group Hoping to Pass on Experiences of Siberia Detainees

Society

Sapporo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--A group passing on the experiences of Japanese people who were detained by the former Soviet Union in Siberia after the end of World War II has started new activities to prepare for a time when no former detainees can speak about their experiences due to their old age.

"When the 80th anniversary of the war's end is marked, maybe we won't have detainees," said Natsuko Tatebe, the 45-year-old head of the group, based in Sapporo in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

"We can never allow the unjust facts to be forgotten, so as not to waste the lives of those who were detained and died," she also said.

The group has 10 former detainees living in Hokkaido as member storytellers. They are aged between 90 and 96.

It has held a total of 52 lecture events since 2015 and attracted over 1,800 participants.

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