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Nanking, the Film

by Bill Hayes

A reader writes:

I recommend watching the film Nanking online. It’s available on Hulu with minimal commercials. Inspired by Iris Chang’s book (The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II), the film was made in an interesting style, featuring archival footage, actors speaking from diaries and letters of the persons involved, and interviews with Chinese people who were there, most as young children or teens. It was very profound. I feel deeply affected by the story of John Rabe in particular. He was German and a member of the Nazi party. His belief that Der Furher would intervene and help these people, and what happened to him after the war when he was back home, until his death, is just heartbreaking.

The film runs an hour and a half, so I have not seen all of it. Wikipedia has an article on the film, the Internet Movie Database has more information on it, and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a very high 95% rating.

CRF did a Bill of Rights in Action article on the Rape of Nanking, suitable for use in the classroom.