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A Coproduced Documentary Film Contrasting Postwar Attitudes of Germany and Japan

Source: CICC-China Intercontinental Communication Center




China`s Schindlers (52 minutes), a documentary coproduced by China Intercontinental Communication Center, Natural History New Zealand and Second German Television, was broadcasted on ORF III and German History Channel respectively on August 1st and August 2nd. Audiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland watched the film at the earliest time. 

Stills from China's Schindlers


The World War II had brought human beings great catastrophes. Some people fought against evil to uphold justice with their conscience and kindness in wartime. On the contrary, some people never repent of or even deny all the atrocities perpetrated in the war. This sharp contrast highlights the documentary.

Stills from China's Schindlers


The documentary is about two touching stories, one about visas deciding life and death and the other about a good man in Nanjing, respectively occurred in two world-shaking massacres—the Holocaust and the Nanjing Massacre. He Fengshan, a Chinese diplomat, issued visas to Jews hoping to escape from Nazi persecution and helped them flee to Shanghai when he was the Consul General in Vienna, Austria. John Rabe, a German, bravely stepped forward in the Nanjing Massacre and protected 200,000 Chinese civilians together with members of the International Committee for Nanjing Safety Zone. The documentary vividly and meticulously depicts personal characters, the cruel war of aggression, complicated political stands of belligerent states, totally different attitudes of Germany and Japan towards war crimes in postwar period, as well as how European countries reconciled because of German’s efforts and how Asian people denounced due to Japan’s refusal to admit its crimes. It also analyses stage by stage how legacies of the war have greatly influenced the international society.

Stills from China's Schindlers


The production team shot in Nanjing and Shanghai and in other countries like Britain, Germany and Austria. They also interviewed eyewitnesses and survivors of the two massacres and their descendants, and invited senior scholars and professors from Germany, Britain, America and China to make delicate analyses and interpretations. The film used many precious texts and footages of that period.

Stills from China's Schindlers


After premiered in Germany and Austria, the documentary will be introduced to major media in France, Italy and other European countries. By then more audiences in Europe will be able to watch it.


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