During the decades that followed the hatred and bitterness was passed on to each new generation of Korean children. The Japanese, although conquered, remained a hated enemy. The monument the Koreans had built at the location of the fire not only memorialized the people who died, but stood as a mute reminder of their pain. It wasn’t until 1972 that any hope came. A group of Japanese pastors traveling through Korea came upon the memorial. When they read the details they were filled with shame, and felt their national guilt could not be excused. They returned to Japan committed to righting the wrong. The raised 10 million yen ($25,000), and a beautiful white church building was erected on the site of the tragedy.
When the dedication service for the new building was held, a delegation from Japan joined the group. Although their generosity was acknowledged and their attempts at making peace appreciated, the memories were still there. Hatred preserves pain. The speeches were made, the details of ...
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