Story behind Buildings 5: Aurora Auditorium

September 20, 2022 Share:

This is SJTUSM’s current auditorium, located on the third floor of Yide Building. The former school auditorium was a two-story building in the west campus named Aurora Auditorium. Built in 1928, it was the former site where the 28th Hospital for Wounded Soldiers was founded, but demolished in 1994 for the construction of the North-South Overpass.

After the Mukden Incident took place on September 18, 1931, Saint John’s University, Aurora University and Tong De Medical College organized rescue teams one after another; teachers and students volunteered to work on the front of the Anti-Japanese War.

After the January 28 Incident in 1932, Song Guobin, a pioneer of Chinese medical ethics and a professor of bacteriology at Aurora University School of Medicine, together with Xu Ridong, Shen Yongkang and other teachers and students, founded the 28th Hospital for Wounded Soldiers in Aurora Auditorium and West Dormitory Building, where more than 300 Chinese wounded soldiers were admitted and rescued by teachers and students of Aurora University. A historical record shows “The doctors of the 28th Hospital for Wounded Soldiers were thoughtful in diagnosis and treatment with complete equipment. Therefore, there were very few deaths of wounded soldiers, and the expenses were extremely economical.” In addition, Song Guobin set up the 18th Hospital for Wounded Soldiers in the teaching hospital Andang Hospital (now Ruijin Hospital Luwan Branch), sparing no efforts to warm-heartedly treat the wounded.

After the August 13 Incident occurred in 1937 with an explosion tragedy in front of the Great World Entertainment Center, the school set up hospitals for wounded soldiers in Aurora Auditorium, the new school building, the Affiliated Guangci Hospital and Andang Hospital with a total of 500 beds, and diligently rescued the wounded.

The elder generations in white gowns saved the people, fulfilling the responsibilities as doctors. They are China’s backbone and leave their heroic marks on SJTUSM.