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A harrowing and emotional true life account about the first days of the Japanese occupation in Nanking, Rabe really captured a narrator's voice while writing in his personal journals While sometimes difficult to read (in the sense that the brutality described is almost too bestial to be true) the translated diary's of John Rabe stand as reminder of the Holocaust that was committed, and then forgotten about, in China during WWII I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Chinese, Japanese, and German history, as well as World War II and memoir readers. Not compelling but a competent firstperson account of the Rape of Nanjing I read it in conjunction with my stay in Nanjing where I studied Chinese My school, Nanjing Normal University, was inside the safe zone that John Rabe set up in the midst of mass murder. Had the diary been written/published by a Chinese author, it'd be criticized again as propagating the antiJapanese sentiment But, this gruesome account of the suffering had been documented by a German, whose home country at that time was an ally of the Japanese army Which I meant to say that J.Rabe's account of the Rape of Nanking must have been unbiased and reported as it was As evinced in this book The atrocities committed by the unruly Japanese soldiers still, no doubt, would make one's blood seethe, but it was all sadness and incomprehension (of why there was even wars to begin with) as I turned the last page A diary as good as Pepys'. John Rabe's diary provides the concrete details of the atrocity in Nanjing around the winter of 1937 As the head of the Safety Zone Committee, he saved many lives and helped countless And thanks to him and others like him, we have accounts of what happened in Nanjing at that time despite the Japanese army's attempt to destroy the evidence As Iris Chang said, he is the Oskar Schindler of China. There is no denying that John Rabe was an incredibly brave fellow; standing in the face of oppression and potential violence to protect others He needn't have stayed in Nanking once the Japanese invaded, but he did so to help a population that he had grown fond of.When he was writing his diaries, he was not thinking of those of us, almost a century later, reading about the events As such, there is an awful lot of personal family stuff which, frankly, is of no interest to me as a reader I mean no disrespect when I say that, but I wished to read his account of a historic event I appreciate, however, that sometimes those personal anecdotes do add context.He seems quite obsessed with rape I don't think I have ever read a book where sentences like raped five times in a row appear almost in passing Maybe, back then, rape wasn't such a shocking event.Ultimately, I remained disappointed I wanted to learnI wanted to knowI liken this book to peeking around the curtains rather than standing in full view You get a hint of the events rather than the full, horrific onslaught.I also found his admiration of the Nazi party and Hitler quite a distraction It is hard to understand a man who helped so many when he casually throws in an antisemetic phrase It is not overt, but there is an undercurrent of fervent Nationalism which is hard to ignore.There is, at the end of the book, a section written from Berlin just at the end of the war By that time, he has denounced Naziism and seems to be somewhat aware of attrocities committed by the German forces, but you sense he almost cannot believe it Or maybe doesn't want to believe it He distances himself from it without condemning it It would have been nice to have a bitbackground that fills in the blanks After all, he has family still living that could have provided (what I feel to be) important information. I read half of the book the fall of 2009 when I focused on the Nanking massacre for all of my papers in my Writing II class John Rabe may have been part of the Nazi Party, but he lived most of his life in China where he had a great hand in saving 250,000300,000 Chinese lives. |Book ♃ The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe ☫ 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 aweinspiring record of one man's conscience, courage, and generosity in the face of appalling human brutalityUntil 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 November , as Japanese troops overran the Chinese capital of Nanking and began a campaign of torture, rape, and murder against its citizens, one mana German who had lived in China for thirty years and who was a loyal follower of Adolph Hitlerput himself at risk and in order to save the lives of , poor Chinese,of whom he sheltered in his own home John Rabe is a quirky individual but with a good heart Dear God, watch over over my family and good humor; I'll take care of the other incidental's myself His accounts of the atrocities in Nanking following the invasion of the Japanese are a sad reflection of the brutality of humanity His boldness and courage were admirable, though I had hoped to hearabout what happened to the refugees after John Rabe left China, two months after the invasion So strange that the Europeans and Americans could almost act with immunity amongst the Japanese forces, providing a partial, yet not always an effective protective shelter for the Chinese refugees Sad that such a man could so quickly fall into obscurity. What a tragic story! Einstein said that he thought the only to things that are infinite are the universe and the capacity for human stupidity, although he wasn't sure about the universe I think the other thing that is infinite is the capacity for human cruelty Hard to imagine the sort of brutalisation and indoctrination that soldiers must go through to be able to do do these things The best and worst of the human condition on show here Should be read by anyone who still view war as righteous and honourable Really showed women and children as the true victims of war Something we so often forget when we honour the bravery of soldiers A very powerful and disturbing read, and a book that needs to be read by a much wider audience. This book demonstrates that the truth is often farcomplicated than we think The fact that a member of the Nazi Party is a humanitarian hero in Nanking is a little mindboggling.