John Rabe

1882 - 1950

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John Heinrich Detlef Rabe (23 November 1882 – 5 January 1950) was a German businessman and Nazi Party member best known for his efforts to stop atrocities of the Japanese army during its occupation of Nanjing (Nanking) and his work to protect and help Chinese civilians during the massacre that ensued. The Nanking Safety Zone, which he helped to establish, sheltered approximately 200,000 Chinese people from slaughter. He officially represented Germany and acted as senior chief of the European-U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Rabe has received more than 916,240 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). John Rabe is the 3,737th most popular politician (up from 6,140th in 2019), the 1,028th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,586th in 2019) and the 288th most popular German Politician.

John Rabe was a Nazi businessman who helped save the lives of more than 200,000 Chinese people during the Nanking Massacre.

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Among politicians, John Rabe ranks 3,737 out of 15,710Before him are Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern, Emperor Richū, Bretislav I, Nicomedes IV of Bithynia, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and Issey Miyake. After him are Hugh, Count of Vermandois, Nawal El Saadawi, Harald Quandt, Emperor An of Han, Chandragupta I, and Imagawa Yoshimoto.

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Among people born in 1882, John Rabe ranks 55Before him are Karol Szymanowski, Jean Giraudoux, Otto Neurath, Harold Lowe, John Bauer, and Wacław Sierpiński. After him are Johnny Torrio, Aleksandra Ekster, Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Pavel Florensky, and Feng Yuxiang. Among people deceased in 1950, John Rabe ranks 32Before him are Max Beckmann, Kuniaki Koiso, Dinu Lipatti, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Karl Seitz, and Jan Smuts. After him are George Minot, Petre Dumitrescu, Constantin Carathéodory, Eliel Saarinen, Emmanuel Mounier, and Roman Shukhevych.

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Among people born in Germany, John Rabe ranks 1,028 out of 5,289Before him are Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430), Louis I, Duke of Bavaria (1173), Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine (1617), Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern (1811), and Clemens August Graf von Galen (1878). After him are Harald Quandt (1921), Roland Emmerich (1955), Countess Palatine Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg (1670), Julius Wellhausen (1844), Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748), and Hanns Eisler (1898).

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