In 1937 the Japanese entered the Chinese capital of Nanjing and a massacre ensued. Weeks later in Germany the Nazi's attacked Jews Kristallnacht. A German businessman and member of the Nazi party, John Rabe, in Nanjing refused to leave and saved thousands of Chinese lives and a Chinese diplomat, Ho Feng Shan, in Ho Feng Shan Vienna saved thousands of Jews. This film is an excellent source for untold stories about World War II. In heartbreaking and graphic detail through images and storytelling, we get first hand accounts of what took place during this time in history. In about 3 months the Japanese forces killed approximately 300,000 people.
The first hand accounts from survivors are heartbreaking. I never knew that this happened and was saddened but encouraged by the people who put their own lives on the line when they did not have to. This film is way too graphic to use in my class, but it is a great source of information. I was left thinking the same thought I have with so many other senseless tragedies, 'Why?'. These events can lead great discussions about perspectives, bystanders, social justice, and much more.