Friday, January 2, 2015

南京 — ある本

南京 — ある本

「南京にて:ジョン・ラーベの日記」(”The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe.”,邦訳本「南京の真実」 ※邦訳の内容が原文に忠実かどうかについては議論有り)を読んでいる.ジョン・ラーベはドイツからの国籍離脱者でビジネスマンであった.ヒットラーを敬愛するナチ党員で30年間中国に住んでいた.ラーベらは日本の侵攻にたいして多くの中国人を救ったとされている.ラーベは中国人に愛着を持っていたが,実際,当時の状況には現実的に対処していた.

多くの出来事が彼の日記に記されている.中国人が他の中国人に残忍であること, あまり訓練されていない,もしくは装備品が貧弱である軍隊,部下を見捨てる将校,そして彼らが設定した,本来,軍や武器とは無縁であるはずの安全区.


言うまでも無く制服を脱いで市民に紛れることは惨劇を招くものだ.これは本のレビューを目的としていない.— ラーベが言っていることを引用しているまでだ.


Nanking -- a book
I have been reading an interesting book, "The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe." In short, John Rabe was an expatriate German businessman, and Hitler-loving Nazi, who lived for about 30 years in China.
Rabe and others are credited with saving the lives of many Chinese in the face of the Japanese invasion. Rabe had a fondness for Chinese but was realistic about the circumstances.
Multiple instances are quoted from his diaries regarding the savagery of Chinese toward other Chinese, or ill-trained or ill-equipped Chinese troops, or officers abandoning their men, and using a safety zone they established which was supposed to be free of troops and weapons.
It was agreed that the safety zone would be free of Chinese troops and weapons in exchange for Japanese leaving it alone.
According to Rabe, the Chinese troops violated their word by hiding in the safety zone among civilians to avoid attack from Japanese, or even used it to attack Japanese. According to Rabe, many of the Chinese soldiers also had shed their uniforms.
Needless to say, shedding uniforms and hiding among civilians is a recipe for disaster.
This is not meant as a book review -- but to acknowledge Rabe's words as quoted.
(The following two book pages are printed in reverse order -- the orange text should be read first, then the blue text.)


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Moguro Fukuzo said...

Japanese historians estimate that nearly 70,000 Japanese Army Soldiers participated in the battle of Nanking. After the fall of Nanking, 120 newspaper reporters entered into the city along with the vanguard forces of various divisions. Therefore there are many reports, photos, and memoirs remain today. During 1980s and 1990s, many Japanese researchers actively tackled the issue of “Nanking Massacre” and by 2005, most of them concluded there were NO massacre at all, although there were thousands of casualties of war. Many books were published by researchers such as Tanaka Masaaki, Higashi-nakano Osamichi, and Ara Kennichi. However, since those are all written in Japanese, they are simply ignored by American/European people who believe in Rape of Nanking written by Iris Chang.

I decided to become a researcher myself in order to put useful materials on my website on False Accusations of Nanking Massacre, as Chinese Communist Party constantly come up with this issue in order to use the historical events as part of their diplomatic manipulation.

False Accusations of Nanking Massacre

I hope Mr. Michael Yon has an opportunity to talk to Mr. Henry Scott Stokes, an Englishman and former Financial Times Reporter stationed in Tokyo. He has entirely different views to the Japan’s War from those commonly accepted in the U.S.

JP Michael Yon said...


Moguro Fukuzo said...

One of my close friends asked a young Chinese student staying in Tokyo.
“How do you think about the Nanking Massacre?”
Then, the young man asked my friend saying; “Which one?”

Since there were many Nanking Massacres in the long history of China, people never know which Nanking Massacre he is taking about without specifying the year or the period.

After learning the episode from my friend, I searched my books and found out there were at least five Nanking Massacres prior to 1937.

Oh, my….my…..