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331 pages, ebook
First published October 14, 1997
The Nazi Who Saved Nanking
Perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from the history of the Rape of Nanking is the German businessman John Rabe. To most of the Chinese in the city, he was a he was a hero, “the living Buddha of Nankin, “ the legendary head of the International Safety Zone who saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives. But to the Japanese, Rabe was a strange and unlikely savior. For he was not only a German national—a citizen of the Nazi Party in Nanking.
There are those who believe that the Japanese are uniquely sinister—a dangerous race of people who will never change. But after reading several file cabinets’ worth of documents on Japanese war crimes as well as accounts of ancient atrocities from the pantheon of world history, I would have to conclude that Japan’s behavior during World War II was less a product of dangerous people than of a dangerous government, in dangerous times, able to sell dangerous rationalizations to those who human instincts told them otherwise.You want to talk freedom of speech? Let's talk freedom of speech and how the majority use it to constantly remind those of their rapeable, murderable, dehumanizable status and throw shit fits when some react by using it to protest said status. Let's talk about the hate crimes that have followed the freedom of speech rallies and who has been allowed to get away with terror. Just don't expect the conversation to end when #JeSuisCharlie stops trending. Your freedom of ignorance does not render you free of blood on your hands.
"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."