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Recollecting Sufferings of the Elders: White Terror in the Memories of the Bereaved Families
Publication Date / 2020-07-09 Author / Hsueh-chi Hsu and Li-chu Yang (eds.) Category / Oral History
Recollecting Sufferings of the Elders: White Terror in the Memories of the Bereaved Families
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Publisher / Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica; National Human Rights Museum
Edition / First edition
ISBN / 978-986-5432-40-9
Price/ NTD 500
Pages / 445

Introduction

This book was originally derived from the “2017 Project of Oral History Interviews with Families of Political Victims during the White Terror Era,” carried out by Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, under the commission of the Preparatory Office of National Human Rights Museum. In 2020, the Museum commissioned the ITH for another project called “Editing and Publication of Oral History Materials Collected at National Human Rights Museum,” in which 11 out of 16 interview records from the outcome of the 2017 project, with 260 thousand Chinese characters in total, were selected and edited into this book. 
 
This book focuses on the “White Terror.” Most interviewees were interviewed for the first time and cases they involved had rarely been explored through interviews, such as the case of re-rebellion at Green Island, the case of re-rebellion at the military prison, the case of Ju-hsin Liu (劉如心), the case of Chao-chi Chang (張朝基), the case of Tien-tsai Huang (黃添才), the case of Yi-cheng Li (李義成), etc. The book can help clarify these cases, and also shows the kindness and perseverance among the victims’ families. 
 
The interviewees also provided valuable objects, such as prison correspondence, wills, petitions, photo albums, clippings, transcripts, and documents, which enriches these interviews and helps readers better understand the circumstances of the suffering families. We hope the painstaking and revealing history told by the bereaved families will not only be testimonies of the White Terror, but also contribute to Taiwan’s transformative justice nowadays.

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