John Rabe

John Rabe

DVD - 2010 | German
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Tells the story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanking Massacre in China by courageously negotiating a safety zone to protect innocent civilians from the Japanese Army. Drawing from John Rabe's 1937 diaries as source material, Florian Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day and yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Britty346
Jan 20, 2015

What a story! Rarely is the massacre of Nanking talked about when WWII is mentioned so this movie and so many others (and books) that are coming out and showing the public what happened in China is amazing. This is a film that should be watched if you want to learn about the Nanking massacre or more about it.

aaa5756 Jun 01, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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akirakato
Jan 10, 2013

This is a 134-minute stunning documentary-drama based on actual events.
It tells us that wars are atrocious no matter what cause they have; hence, we should never go to war.
On February 28, 1938, Rabe left Nanking.
He first traveled to Shanghai and then back to Germany.
He took with him a large number of source materials documenting the atrocities committed by the Japanese in Nanking.
Rabe showed films and photographs of Japanese atrocities in lecture presentations in Berlin and wrote to Hitler to use his influence to persuade the Japanese to stop any further inhumane violence.
As a result, Rabe was detained and interrogated by the Gestapo and his letter was never delivered to Hitler.
He was allowed to keep evidence of the massacre, excluding the film, but was not allowed to lecture again or write on the subject.
Rabe continued working for Siemens, which posted him briefly to the safety of Siemens AG of Afghanistan.
Rabe subsequently worked in the Berlin headquarters of the company until the end of the war.
After the war, he worked sporadically for Siemens, earning very little.
Unable to work to support his family and with the savings spent, the family survived in a one room apartment by selling his Chinese art collection, but this did not provide enough to avoid malnutrition.
He was formally declared "de-Nazified" by the British in June 3, 1946 but thereafter continued to live in poverty.
In 1948, the citizens of Nanking learned of the very dire situation of the Rabe family in occupied Germany and they quickly raised a very large sum of money, equivalent to $US 2000 (US$ 19,000 in 2013).
The city mayor himself went to Germany, via Switzerland where he bought a large amount of food for the Rabe family.
From mid 1948 until the communist takeover, the people of Nanking also sent a food package each month, for which Rabe in many letters expressed deep gratitude.
On January 5, 1950, Rabe died of a stroke.
In 1997 his tombstone was moved from Berlin to Nanjing (as it is now) where it received a place of honor at the massacre memorial site.
In 2005, Rabe's former residence in Nanking (as it then was) was renovated and now accommodates the "John Rabe and International Safety Zone Memorial Hall", which opened in 2006.

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geomillar
Mar 28, 2012

If you've seen "Schindler's List" now is your chance to see the atrocities of the Japanese against the people of Nanjing in the 1930's. The film was made by a German crew and it is a must see. The scenes are horrific but some say it glosses over the facts. If you have the nerve, watch it and flinch.

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allix5
Jul 22, 2011

A story of a hero in a dramatized version of rape of Nanking in 1937. He saved over 20, 000 Chinese during that time.

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aaa5756 Jun 01, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 Jun 01, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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