Remembrance of atrocities past

Ukraine 2022. Singapore 1942. Both victims of war. When the fighting ends and memories fade, how do we ensure the lessons learnt, the sacrifices made are not forgotten by future generations?

A broken Russian military gas mask discarded on the ground in Bucha. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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A few rusted keys, pipes, coins, shreds of Straits Settlement currency notes. All that remains of a horrific chapter in Singapore's history.

These random artefacts were dug up from mass graves in today's Bedok South in the 1960s, more than 20 years after World War II ended. Today they sit, mute witnesses in a room to mark the 80th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.

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