For 3 years and 8 months, Singapore was under Japanese rule. The Japanese Occupation was the darkest years in Singapore history. Sad memories are now preserved by Memories at Old Ford Factory
In front of the museum, a granite stone has this insrciption :
Translated in English, it reads:
"Taking History as a Lesson. (from Emperor Tang Taizong)
With a bronze mirror, one can see whether he is properly attired
With history as a mirror, one can understand the rise and fall of a nation
With man as a mirror, one can see whether he is right or wrong"
Source: Zhenguan Zhengyao
Take time to reflect on the consequences of war as you take in the inspiring words.
Entertainment for the Japanese soldiers was to throw babies into the air and catch them on the tip of their bayonets. They killed the innocents as their past-time. You can hear the oral history accounts of witnesses and victims.
How could men behave like beasts? It makes me sad to see our own kind treating one another like dirt.
Walk through the gallery to find important lessons of creativity, adaptability and entrepreneurship from the annals of history, displayed by those who lived through the Occupation years.
Memories at Old Ford Factory
351 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588192
Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturdays, 9.00am to 1.30pm