The Good Man of Nanking is a crucial document for understanding one of World War II's most horrific incidents of genocide, one which the Japanese have steadfastly refused to acknowledge. It is also the moving and awe-inspiring record of one man's conscience, courage, and generosity in the face of appalling human brutality.
Until the recent emergence of John Rabe's diaries, few people knew abouth the unassuming hero who has been called the Oskar Schindler of China. In Novemgber 1937, as Japanese troops overran the Chinese capital of Nanking and began a campaign of torture, rape, and murder against its citizens, one man-a German who had lived in China for thirty years and who was a loyal follower of Adolph Hitler-put himself at risk and in order to save the lives of 200,000 poor Chinese, 600 of whom he sheltered in his own home.
John Rabe was born in Hamburg in 1882. He lived in China from 1908 to 1938, where his last position was that of director of the Siemens office in Nanking. He died impoverished and unrecognized in Berlin in 1950. Dr. Erwin Wickert, noted scholar and German ambassador to China from 1976 to 1980, first met Rabe in 1936 in Nanking. He is the author of several books about East Asia, including the best-selling China Seen from the Inside. With 2 maps and 59 illustrations.
The translator, John E.Woods, lives in San Diego, California.
Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe 4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I have recently read this excellent book, and have found it to be an eloquent, honest, and heartbreaking account of a man, who, when faced with the horrors of war, exemplified the qualities of nobility and compassion. John Rabe saved more people than 200 Oskar Schindlers, but so few people know of him and his story. Inspiring and memorable, it's a book I cannot reccommend enough.
More than 1 year ago
Fortunately I had already heard of the atrocities that occured during WWII in Nanking. Although if i had not, this book might have been a tad-bit hard to follow. John Rabe is well reserved and leaves the harsh details to when they are most needed. Though without more historical knowledge, one cannot fully understand what when on in Nanking. Before reading this, I would highly recommend the Penguin Edition of The Rape of Nanking.
More than 1 year ago
Knopf didn't have the book at this time. I'll get the refund on my credit card.
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