Rabe & the ‘history wars’

Last updated: 12/07/2019

John Rabe commemorated in China today (John Rabe Memorial House, Nanjing), photo: T. Weber

Ever since their discovery, the Rabe Diaries have been politicized as part of the ‘history wars’ between China and Japan over the Nanjing Massacre. While some have claimed that Rabe’s accounts are ‘ironclad proof’ and represent ‘the truth’ about Nanjing, others have dismissed them as ‘full of lies’ or anti-Japanese propaganda.

Testifying and Contesting War Experiences in China and Japan