About Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and Its Legacies
The exhibition is housed in the historic former Ford Factory along Upper Bukit Timah Road, where the British surrendered to the Japanese forces on February 15, 1942. Spread across four zones, take in the diary entries, identity cards and war campaign documentary paintings on display, then reflect on the solemn beginnings of our nationhood.
On 15 February 1942, after the British made the decision to surrender, the Surrender Party made their way from Fort Canning Hill to the Ford Factory at Bukit Batok Hill under a white flag
The exhibits are divided into four sections – Introduction, Fall of Singapore, Becoming Syonan and Legacies of War.
In the first section which is introductory part, you get to delve into the history of the Ford Factory and gain insights into prewar Singapore
The next section, fall of Singapore, goes deeper into the events leading up to the fall of Singapore from different viewpoints.
After the fall of Singapore, there was a 3 ½ year period of suffering and hardship for the people of Singapore during the Japanese Occupation which is part of becoming syonam.
The final section which is Legacies of War in which examines the war’s aftermath. It covers the war crime tribunals, dealing with post-war social issues and the road to self-rule and eventually independence.