Wang Wrote to Mao to Quit Youth League
August 18 marked the 45th anniversary of China’s
“Great Cultural Revolution."
Wang Rongfeng, who once wrote to Mao Zedong at the age of
19 to quit the Communist Youth League.
In retrospect, she said that the cultural revolution was
an absurd “horror show" staged by state violence
in conjunction with adolescent violence
to smash the Chinese society.
On Sept. 24, 1966, one month after the onset of
“cultural revolution,"Wang Rongfeng,
a senior at Beijing College of Foreign Languages, wrote to Mao,
“Please think in the name of Chinese people,
where will you lead China to?"
The “Cultural Revolution" is not a mass movement,
but one person moving the masses with a gun.
I solemnly declare to withdraw from the Chinese
Communist Youth League from this day.
Currently living in Germany, Wang, in her 60’s told NTD that
45 years ago, on August 18, Tiananmen Square was packed
with college and high school students.
The “supreme leader" (i.e. Mao) stood on a stage,
urging them to smash the old world with violence.
Wang Rongfeng: “People on Tiananmen all wore green,
including Mao, Lin Biao and other Politburo members.
All were in green military suits.
They met with the Red Guard representatives.
These representatives were in fact heads of the Red Guard,
especially those committed the most violent atrocities."
The person who gave a red stripe to Mao was Song Bingbing,
a Red Guard head from the Girls’ Middle School
affiliated with the Beijing Normal University.
She led the Red Guards to beat their associate principal
Bian Zhongyun to death on Aug. 5, 1966.
Wang said, there were two violent forces
joining hands during the “Cultural Revolution."
Wang: “One violent force was represented by Mao and Lin,
the chair and vice chair of Central Military Committee.
This was the state violence.
The other was the grassroots adolescent violence.
They joined hands to smash the Chinese society…
As I said, the cultural revolution was a movement
where one man motivated the masses with a gun."
45 years ago, on Aug. 18, Lin Biao was the key speechmaker
at Tiananmen, representing Mao and the Communist party.
He affirmed the Red Guards’ activities, and said that
the cultural revolution should be viewed as a war.
He urged the Red Guards to persist on their activities,
until the old world is smashed.
Wang said that after the WWII, Germans reflected on the
atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazi Party,
including the Young SS.
However, the Red Guards in China were never punished.
Some were even promoted to be high-ranking officials.
Wang: “A typical example is Bo Xilai.
He used to be a Red Guard in Beijing’s No. 4 Middle School.
He once violently beat his father to ground
and stamped on him, fracturing three of his ribs.
However, such a violent Red Guard is a member of politburo
and mayor of Chongqing city.
Currently, he has been trying to restore the cultural revolution
by inciting people to sing red songs and perform red dances."
Wang said that Hitler killed 6 million Jews, but the
cultural revolution claimed the lives of tens of millions.
Hitler was denounced, but Mao Zedong was not.
Hitler’s SS was purged, but Mao’s Red Guards were not.
Cambodia has sent all the former Khmer Rouge leaders
to court for their anti-humanity crimes,
but those Chinese killers in the Cultural Revolution
are still on the loose.
She said that there is a Kristallnacht in Germany,
a date to commemorate the Nazi’s genocide of Jews
after smashing Jewish stores.
China should designate Aug. 18, the beginning date of the
cultural revolution, as a “National Infamy Date."
After sending the letter to Mao, Wang committed suicide
but was saved and sent to jail for 13 years.
After she came out of jail in 1979, Fei Xiaotong recommended
her to work at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
In June 1989, Wang immigrated to Germany
and has lived there since.
The works she translated included the “The Religion of China:
Confucianism and Taoism “written by Max Weber.
NTD reporters Qin Xue and Zhou Tian.