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This unique and gripping document contains the recently discovered diaries of a German businessman, John Rabe, who saved so many lives in the infamous siege of Nanking in 1937 that he is now being honored as the Oskar Schindler of China. As the Japanese army closed in and all foreigners were ordered to evacuate, Rabe mobilized the remaining Westerners in Nanking and organized an "International Safety Zone" which guaranteed safety to all unarmed Chinese by virtue of Germany's pact with Japan. As hundreds of thousands of Chinese streamed into the city, all that stood between them and certain slaughter were Rabe and his committee, and it is thought that he saved more than 250,000 lives. After the siege, when he was arrested by the Gestapo in Germany, he survived the war and the starvation that followed with help from the Chinese governmentHis journal is a record of inhuman horror and unpretentious heroism.
©1998 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Riveting, inspiring, terrifying, and tragically sad." (New York Times Book Review)
"A document of the power of the human will....A quarter-million Chinese survived the horror of Nanking because John Rabe didn't hesitate to act." (Boston Globe)
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By Jacob Huppert on 11-16-16

Great history Read

This book is not set up in story fashion and it lets the journal of a splendid man, who was a nazi in China, tell the story of ww2 through his eyes. The depictions of war torn towns I will never forget.

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