* A unique and gripping document: the recently discovered diaries which reveal the story of an elderly German who saved so many lives he became known as the 'Oskar Schindler of China
In 1937, as the invading Japanese Army closed on Nanking, then the capital of China, all foreigners were ordered to evacuate. One man, a mild 55-year-old German named John Rabe who ran the local Siemens factory, refused on the grounds that it would show a bad example to his Chinese workers. Sending his wife and family to safety, he watched in horror as the Japanese began to wipe out the population. Hastily contacting the tiny remaining community of foreigners, and using the flimsy authority of a pact Hitler had made with the Japanese, Rabe spent months safeguarding and providing refuge for thousands of Chinese, often interposing himself physically between the executioners and their victims. It is estimated that he saved between 250,000 and 300,000 lives by his efforts. And every night, he would write up his diary of these extraordinary events.
THE GOOD GERMAN OF NANKING is Rabe's story, in his own words: the amazing testament to one of the hitherto unsung heroes of the twentieth century.
A story of wondrous humanity in the face of insane savagery - SPECTATOR
A testament of truly remarkable fortitude and charity by one man ... it restores faith in humanity - TLS
He out-Schindlered Schindler ... His unbelievable tenacity, courage and ingenuity make him the most unexpected unsung hero of modern time s' EVENING STANDARD - 'This is an important contribution to our understanding of those years.'
SUNDAY TIMES - 'His story is a significant document.'