The preparatory office of the National Human Rights Museum has released an oral history documentary about the White Terror era in Taiwan that lasted for 42 years.
The period began in 1949 when the Kuomintang or Nationalist government imposed martial law. According to an NGO, more than 2,000 people were killed and over 16,000 people persecuted in the name of fighting Communism. The era ended in 1991 with the abolition of the Act for Control and Punishment of Rebellion.
It took a photography team a year and a half to record the ordeals of nine victims of the political persecution. In the documentary, one victim, Lu Tong-hsin, recounted their experience.
“We were almost starving [at the time]. So we organized a ploughing group because we wanted to grow some vegetables on an empty lot at a school. But the [authorities] thought the group had a political purpose. They built some wooden cases and imprisoned about 100 people," said Lu.
The museum said the oral history documentary is aimed at preserving this sad chapter in Taiwan’s history.