Queen of Denmark Margrethe II along with her husband Prince Consort Henrik paid their respects to Chinese victims of the Nanjing Massacre during a visit to the memorial hall in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on Sunday morning.
The Queen studied photographs on the wall of Bernhard Arp Sindberg, a Dane who was a witness of the massacre and is credited with saving more than 20,000 people by providing them food and water during the six-week period that Japanese troops occupied Nanjing.
The Queen said the Memorial Hall records the darkest part of history in 77 years. “We cannot change the cruel history, but can learn a historic lesson and experience from it. Today, we commemorate Sindberg. We need not only to review the past, but also need to face up to the future,” she said.
They also laid down a yellow rose, named by Sindberg’s hometown as “Forever Nanjing, Sindberg Yellow Rose” in 2004. The flourishing roses represent the long-lasting friendship between China and Denmark.