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SDHF Newsletter No. 12: Observation on the Film “John Rabe”

SDHF Newsletter No. 12: Observation on the Film “John Rabe”

The German-French-Chinese film “John Rabe”, directed by Florian Gallenberger, made its debut
in Germany on April 2009 and its first showing in China took place on April 28.

If one’s perception of the film is that it is factually based, this is completely wrong.
At the end of the film, the endnote states “300,000 Chinese were massacred.”
However, John Rabe, in his Diary, never stated that he witnessed a single case of massacre at all.
“Despite the claim of 300,000 massacred, there is not a single witness to this alleged atrocity
in Rabe’s Diary”: is this truly possible?

Anyway, you can better understand the background of Rabe’s involvement with the International
Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone and what really happened in Nanking through this essay.
http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/61_S4.pdf

Any questions are welcome.

Sincerely,

MOTEKI Hiromichi
Deputy Chairman and Secretary General
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact

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