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John Rabe
Birth: Nov. 23, 1882
Hamburg, Germany
Death: Jan. 5, 1950, Germany

World War II Humanitarian. Sometimes called the "Oskar Schindler of China", he is remembered for saving a large number of Chinese during the Japanese invasion. An employee of the Siemens AG China Corporation, Mr. Rabe went to China in 1908, eventually settling in Nanking where he had numerous Chinese employees and developed a deep mutual respect with the Chinese people which his later membership in the Nazi Party did not change. With the coming of the Japanese invasion in 1937 he was advised to leave for safety even by the Japanese but refused, citing his longstanding association with the Chinese. On November 22, 1937, Mr. Rabe organized the Nanking International Safety Zone in the center of the city to protect and feed Chinese civilian refugees. Over the coming days he used his own workers and money to stock it with as much food as possible, even sending an appeal to Hitler for help which never arrived. When the Japanese took Nanking on December 13th Mr. Rabe stood his ground, not hesitating to use his Nazi credentials as leverage; over the next six weeks he was responsible, with assistance, for saving as many as 200,000 Chinese. Often he personally intervened to stop atrocities by Japanese soldiers who were afraid of his Nazi armband, sometimes even having to resist troops who invaded the safety zone. Attempting to provide some normalcy he presented monetary gifts to the parents of new babies born in the zone, many of whom were named "John", or "Dora" (after Mrs. Rabe). Rabe left Nanking on February 28, 1938, and returned to Germany where he continued to work for Siemens AG until 1945 while attempting to publicize events in China. Arrested by the Russians and the British, he was cleared of any wrongdoing. His last years were spent in relative poverty and he was reduced to living on donations sent by the Chinese government. His story was told by Iris Chang in her 1997 book "The Rape of Nanking" while in 2009 he was depicted twice on the silver screen, portrayed by Ulrich Tukur in "John Rabe" and by John Paisley in "City of Life and Death". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Nanjing Massacre Memorial
Jiangsu, China
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Record added: Jan 15, 2008
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