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Published on 13 February 2017

15 February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of The Fall of Singapore. As such, for this month, the limelight is on this momentous historical event that brought about much sadness and suffering, but also hope, kindness and resilience.

By: Melanie Lee

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: SYONAN GALLERY

If you cannot remember much about the Japanese Occupation from history textbooks, the best place to get the big picture is the Old Ford Factory at Upper Bukit Timah. It is here where the British forces officially surrendered to the Japanese, and where its revamped Syonan Gallery houses many WWII artefacts. This comprehensive World War Two exhibition by the National Archives of Singapore presents wartime experiences from various perspectives. For example, there’s Japanese invasion maps, art by a prisoner-of-war and assorted Japanese Occupation documentation such as identity passes.

Syonan Gallery: War and Its Legacies opens on 16 Feb 2017. Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Click here for more information. 

The Syonan Gallery has changed its name to Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies. To find out why, click here.

BAHAU: THE UNTOLD STORY

Did you know that during the Japanese Occupation, many Eurasians were sent to an agricultural settlement in Bahau in Negri Sembilan to farm and live off the land because there was a food shortage in Singapore? Unfortunately, it was a false paradise, and many did not return.

The Eurasian Heritage Centre is organising gallery tours and talks in February and March with local Eurasian war survivors so that the public can gain insights into how the Eurasian community experienced the Japanese Occupation.

Dates: 18, 19, 25, 26 Feb 2017; 4, 5, 11, 12 Mar 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00pm
Admission: S$5 per person

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