Archive for the ‘Christ the Saviour’ Category

The Japanese had pistols and bayonets and I had only party symbols and my swastika armband

October 4, 2009

At the Rape of Nanking: A Nazi Who Saved Lives
The New York Times
December 12, 1996

When the invading Japanese Army overran the Nationalist Chinese capital in December 1937, soldiers embarked on a two-month rampage of looting, rape and killing that left tens of thousands of Chinese civilians dead in what became known as the Rape of Nanking.

Now a recently unearthed diary reveals an unlikely rescuer of thousands of Chinese: a German businessman living in China who was the leader of the local Nazi organization.

The businessman, John Rabe, kept a 1,200-page diary that provides a rare third-party account of the atrocities. In it, he writes of digging foxholes in his backyard to shelter 650 Chinese and of repelling Japanese troops who tried to climb over the wall, of dashing through war-torn areas to deliver rice, and of stopping Japanese soldiers from raping Chinese women. He even wrote to Hitler to complain about the Japanese actions.

”These escapades were quite dangerous,” he wrote in his diary. ”The Japanese had pistols and bayonets and I — as mentioned before — had only party symbols and my swastika armband.”

Mr. Rabe, who died in 1950, lived and worked in China from 1908 to 1938. His diary sheds light on a heretofore little-known man, who, although a Nazi loyalist, risked his life and his status to save people who would later become his country’s enemies.

Indeed, Mr. Rabe’s outspoken support for the Chinese upon his return to Germany appears to have ruined his career.

Some who have followed his case say that he, like Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who protected Jews under very different circumstances, offers another example of the durability of humanitarian impulses in the cruelest of times.

One missionary, Robert O. Wilson, a Harvard-trained doctor who worked in China in the 1930’s, wrote of Mr. Rabe:

”He is well up in Nazi circles and after coming into such close contact with him as we have for the past few weeks and discovering what a splendid man he is and what a tremendous heart he has, it is hard to reconcile his personality with his adulation of ‘Der Fuhrer.’ ”

It is not clear whether Mr. Rabe embraced the oppression of Jews and other groups in Nazi Germany. He lived outside Germany during the time of Hitler’s rise to power, and there is no record of the extent of his activities in the Nazi Party after he returned to Germany in 1938, according to Ms. Chang. Because scholars, who received the diary only a few days ago, have not finished reading it, they cannot say if it contains expressions of anti-Semitism.

But Mr. Rabe was outspoken in his support for Nazism. In a lecture he delivered after his return to Germany in February 1938, he said, ”Although I feel tremendous sympathy for the suffering of China, I am still, above all, pro-German and I believe not only in the correctness of our political system but, as an organizer of the party, I am behind the system 100 percent.”

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior

October 4, 2009

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior.

Peasant’s Song during Cultural Revolution

Gao Anhua, To the Edge of the Sky, p.145

I remember two things

September 4, 2009

My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.

John Newton, on his deathbed