NANJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Japanese monks held a religious assembly here Sunday to mourn people killed by invading Japanese troops 72 years ago in the Nanjing Massacre.
About 30 Japanese monks, 50 Chinese monks and buddhism believers and 30 massacre survivors prayed for peace at the assembly in Nanjing, capital of the eastern Jiangsu province.
"It's a very sad day," said Zhao Bin, a survivor. "On the anniversary each year, I miss very much the relatives and others killed cruelly by Japanese invaders."
"History should not be allowed to repeat," the 72-year-old said.
Sunday is the 72 anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.
Japanese troops occupied Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937, and launched a six-week massacre. Chinese records show more than 300,000 people,not only disarmed soldiers but also civilians, were killed.
There are evidence items in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre as proof of the Japanese invaders' atrocity during World War II.
The latest evidences include photos about scenes of the damaged Nanjing city and slaughtered citizens and also a copy of Japanese newspaper carrying report of Japanese aircraft bombing Nanjing.
Zhu Chengshan, curator of the memorial hall, said that some evidence items were provided by Japanese people.