The Diaries of John Rabe performed by Tang Jianping

A German hero narrated by a Chinese perspective

July 02nd, 2019
Giulia Mohammad Abdellatif, News from Berlin
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The masterpiece "170 Days in Nanking - The Diaries of John Rabe" composed by the Chinese musician Tang Jianping will be held at the Staatsoper in Berlin on July 3rd and 4th.

Even if John Rabe was a member of the Nazi party (NSDAP), he always behaved like a pacifist and, for this reason, he can be considered as the Chinese Oskar Schindler. Indeed, during the Chinese-Japanese war in 1938, John Rabe came to Nanking, the former Chinese capital and scene of bloody massacres perpetrated by Japanese military troops.

To protect the population, John Rabe gathered as many inhabitants as he could in a free-war zone in order to ensure the humanitarian rights of the people living there. Thanks to this courageous act, the German businessman managed to save hundreds of lives.

As part of the Chinese history, the performance "The Diaries of John Rabe" is supported by the Chinese Centre for Culture and it will be shown for the first time in Europe.

The tickets can be purchased online at the following link (


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