The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe

The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe

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The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe by Edwin Wickert, Anna Fields, John Rabe

Until the recent emergence of John Rabe's diaries, few people knew about the unassuming hero who has been called the Oskar Schindler of China. In November 1937, as Japanese troops overran the Chinese capital of Naking and began a campaign of torture, rape, and murder, one man--a German who had lived in China for thirty years and who was a loyal follower of Adolf Hitler--put himself at risk and saved the lives of 200,000 poor Chinese, 600 of whom he sheltered in his own home.

As foreign nationals and the wealthier Chinese residents fled, Rabe stayed in Nanking to set up and oversee an international safety zone for noncombatants. The survival of this fragile safety zone depended largely upon Rabe's status as a German, and hence an official ally of the Japanese. But when he returned to Germany in 1938 and wrote to Adolf Hitler detailing the atrocities he had witnessed, Rabe was arrested by the Gestapo. The Good Man of Nanking is a crucial document in understanding one of World War H's most horrific incidents of genocide and an awe-inspiring record of one man's conscience, courage, and generosity in the face of appalling human brutality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786198740
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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