It's now a peaceful village in Tangshan City, Northern China.
But it was here, in 1941, that Japanese soldiers massacred almost 13-hundred Chinese civilians.
The Japanese said the village served as an important fortress for Chinese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War.
"Japanese soldiers deceived them into saying that they will not hit or curse,.. but killed everyone."
The Pan Village villagers' committee has requested a private federation -- the China Federation of Civil Claims -- file a lawsuit against the Japanese government.
The committee is demanding an official apology from Tokyo and compensation of more than 950 million U.S. dollars.
It marks the first time for the families of the victims to file a lawsuit for wartime slaughter.
Meanwhile, China has released its latest confession by a Japanese war criminal.
Commander Shuichi Kikuchi reveals that he killed one,one-hundred-twenty two people, including children, and sexually assaulted 60 women.
"The testimony reads he regarded all women in town as enemies and shot everyone to death including a four-year-old child and mothers.
The Chinese government has been releasing one confession every day since earlier this month in an attempt to highlight Japan's wartime atrocities.
It plans to release 45 in total.
In another move to pressure Japan,.. Beijing plans to open a museum next year commemorating the First Sino-Japanese War that broke out in late 1890s.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.