On July 28th, 2013 issue of the ‘Times Colonist’newspaper in Victoria, BC, Canada carried an article by Andrew Cohen: ‘Nanking; 75 years after the massacres.’ in which he enumerated the vast gruesome details of that grim day in 1937 when the Japanese entered Nanking and proceeded to massacre up to 350,000 Chinese men women and children.
Cohen, who is a professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University, elaborated extensively for three columns on the atrocities, but nowhere in his article did he mention the name of John Rabe, the German employee of Siemens AG and de facto German diplomat in that city at that time!
If you look up Rabe on Wikipedia, you will see that he was in fact responsible for the saving of over 200,000 lives in Nanking on that day. But the really inconvenient fact, however, is that he also was a card carrying member of the NSDAP! Moreover, from 1933 onward, John Rabe was the head of the NSDAP branch in Nanking, and he used his party credentials in a diplomatic capacity in communication with the Japanese to try to prevent the atrocities wherever possible.
On the 22nd of November 1937, as the Imperial Japanese Army advanced upon Nanking, John Rabe helped to organize an international committee on behalf of the Chinese civilians and he came up with the idea for the Nanking Safety Zone in order to provide the refugees with food and shelter as the Japanese onslaught loomed. John Rabe is quoted as stating:
“…there is a question of morality here. I cannot bring myself for now to betray the trust these people have put in me, and it is touching to see how they believe in me.”
Of course, it’s always very easy for the media to seize upon the mere mention of some alleged atrocity purportedly committed in cold blood by some “evil Nazi” or another, and to milk it for whatever it’s worth, but when a true German hero such as the John Rabe emerges, it is always ‘totgeschwiegen’ (ie covered up). Why? Because it does not jibe with the official narrative or with the stereotype of the “evil Nazis” as presented to the world by the Jewish controlled media since 1933, as well as, in Hollywood movies and cartoons, both during and after the war, right through to the present day.
In a British newspaper article John Rabe was grudgingly referred to as the ‘Schindler of China‘ . But even to compare him with that fraud (as portrayed in the Spielberg film) is an insult to this true hero, as he is still regarded in China to this day, and where he is honoured and remembered by those who were saved with great affection.
And, thus, it is my great pleasure to pay tribute to him, and to give hin credit, where credit is long overdue.
PS My thanks to Gerry from Victoria for the Times Colonist story and the idea for this article. Whether or not the Nanking massacre took place as advertised is not the subject of the article. It is about John Rabe and his efforts to save an estimated 200,000 Chinese refugees from the hostile Japanese forces, and to organize international aid for them, and how this is overlooked. It is said that Rabe documented many atrocities and reported these back to Germany. They say he took all of his documentation with him back to Germany, including film footage, but the film footage disappeared. One would think that that footage would have re-surfaced by now, though it may have been deliberately destroyed or that it did not survive the allied bombings. Or could be a bogus claim with respect to the films and what these contained. I don’t know. But I believe Rabe’s efforts were authentic and well intentioned, and that he deserves credit.