Is The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe an “Unfounded Fabrication”?—An Examination of The Truth of Nanjing Incident: An Examination of John Rabe’s Diaries
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The Nanjing Massacre was the worst tragedy China suffered in the twentieth century. Like the Auschwitz massacre, it was also one of the worst tragedies in human history. But in Japan, the perpetrator, the Nanjing Massacre is still blatantly denied (“the fabrication school”) and deceptively acknowledged but indeed downplayed (the so-called “middle-of-the-road school” and “objectivity school”). Upon the publication of Japanese version, The Good Man of Nanking: The Diaries of John Rabe, a famous book for exposing the atrocities of Japanese army, received numerous criticism. In the latest round of debates over denying the Nanjing Massacre, The Truth of Nanjing Incident: An Examination of John Rabe’s Diaries by Unemoto Masaki has been a comparatively representative one. In his opinion, his “objective” examination proves Japanese atrocities in the Diaries of John Rabe are “unfounded fabrication” and Japanese army was “innocent” base on John Rabe’s diaries. However, empirical research on the materials of Unemoto and his supporters has fully showed the “examination” by Unemoto cannot be defensible.