An exhibition that features an array of authentic pictures recording the World Anti-Fascist War, opened at China Cultural Centre in Sydney on the night of 1st September.
Hosted by the Consulate General of China in Sydney, the exhibition aims to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the World Anti Fascist War.
“More than 70 years ago, around 2 billion population in 80 nations including China and Australia were caught up in catastrophe……Confronting the atrocity of fascism, righteous forces around the world finally united and won the life-and-death war between justice and evil, brightness and darkness, freedom and slavery with their fearlessness, perseverance and sacrifice”, pointed out by Li Huaxi, Consul-General of China in Sydney.
“Only by keeping in mind the pains of war can we cherish the value of peace, truly create the future”, he added.
The exhibition started off with a part of “The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob”, a documentary showcasing the efforts by striking waterfront workers in Wollongong to stop the shipping of pig iron to imperialist Japan in the late 1930s.
“It did take four years to get to this point, [the documentary involved] a lot of research, the trip to China to interview the survivors, and peace is the main central theme”, said Sandra Pires, Producer of “The Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob”.
Among many other important events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this exhibition focused on the shared history of friendship and cooperation between China and Australia during the war time.
“It’s also a chance to celebrate what we have jointly achieved over the past 70 years – and also to look forwards to an even brighter future”, said Troy Grant, Deputy Premier of New South Wales.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Bob Carr and Professor Kerry Brown also recounted the sufferings that Chinese people went through under the Japanese invasion during WWII, and emphasised the “vast contribution of the Chinese in their victory over Fascism in 1945” to the world.
The opening ceremony was ended with a children chorus of “Peace, Responsibility and Future”.