The Good German of Nanking | toritto

So you’re a middle-aged German business man, working for Siemens A.G. in Nanking, China in 1938.  You’re a member in good standing of the Nazi Party (though you haven’t lived in Germany for almost 30 years) and you begin to see war crimes and atrocities with your own eyes.

What do you do – especially taking into consideration that the war crimes are being perpetrated by the military of a country on friendly terms with your own?

This was the situation of John Rabe, born in Hamburg in 1887 and living in China since 1908.

“Many Westerners were living in the Chinese capital city of the time, as Nanking was until December 1937, conducting trade or on missionary trips. As the Japanese army approached Nanking and initiated bombing raids on the city, all but 22 foreigners fled the city, with 15 American and European missionaries and businessmen forming part of the remaining group.  On November 22, 1937, as the Japanese Army advanced on Nanking, Rabe, along with other foreign nationals, organized the International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone and created the…

Source: The Good German of Nanking | toritto

3 thoughts on “The Good German of Nanking | toritto

  1. Sorry guys, Maybe he was not such a good German, and had a hidden agenda. John Rabe was a pro-Chinese German businessman and arms dealer, who was elected leader of the Nanking Safety Zone. He was head of the Semens AG, Nanking which had sold anti-aircraft guns to the Chinese Nationalists Party. He was also a member and advisor to the CNP. Many thousands of high ranking Chinese troops were given sanctuary in the Nanking Safety Zone which was against the neutrality agreement. Many of these troops committed atrocities, which Minnie Vautrin would later attest to. I guess his fate was sealed when Japan and Germany signed a pact in 1939, he was not smart enough, and backed the wrong people, his fate was sealed.

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