February 19, 2011


I finished re-reading WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. For those who have read the book will remember, it depicts in length scenes of cruelty and inhumanity to man in it's depictions of several death camps. What the Germans were capable of boggles the mind.

In another book by Iris Chang, THE RAPE OF NANKING depicts the Japanese killings of mass numbers of Chinese, 350,000 men, women and children killed and raped. Those of us who have never fired a gun in anger or had one fired at us sometimes find it hard to believe these events took place only 70 some years ago.

One other detail if you watch the film NANKING, one of the people in the group John Rabe, who tried to save as many Chinese as he could was unbelievably a member of the Nazi party in Germany. He attempted to get Hitler to intervene. He alone saved 200,000 souls. How could this be? My only thought is that he was a party member in the thirties and he did not really know what Hitler would turn into. Maybe, I don't know.

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