Research and was dismayed when the book was awarded the Booker Prize for fiction in 1982 he stressed that the story was not fictional and that he felt a responsibility to those who cherish the memory of Oskar Schindler to present is as accurately as possible and that many of those whom he saved have read and corrected his manuscriptAlthough the book features a diverse cast of supporting characters it ltimately focuses on two people Oskar Schindler the industrialist who would save over a thousand Jews and Amon Goeth the camp commandant who delighted in killing them Goeth is a complex character he lusts
AFTER HIS JEWISH MAID BUT IS UNABLE TO SEE his Jewish maid but is nable to see as an actual person and these conflicted feelings cause him to beat and abuse her without mercy Although he is conflicted in regards to his feeling for the maid and even deludes himself that they will grow old together Goeth does not intend her to die naturally in his selfishness he wants to be the one to kill her instead of letting her be murdered in an anonymous gas chamber Oskar Schindler on the other hand is a man of much deeper and interesting psyche He is not the stereotypical good German He is not only not opposed to the war but works as an intelligence agent for the German secret service in his home country of Czechoslovakia submitting the German government with information on railways and troop movements Schindler hopes to profit on it he joins the Nazi party because it is good for business and he expected to conduct a business which would provide for his lavish lifestyle of a playboy and a womanizer Although married Oskar notoriously cheated on his wife and kept several mistresses he schmoozes with the SS officials and has a seemingly endless amounts of expensive gifts to give always available at his disposal which grant him a privileged position and a reputation of a man to whom it is worth providing a favor and whom it s not worth crossing Enjoying wealth and privilege since his youth Oskar expected to only multiply both during the war always in the company of many beautiful women by all accounts he should be a good hedonist and not a good SamaritanSo how could such a man turn into the savior of over a thousand condemned souls His complex character does not leave s with an easy answer Schindler spent many a evening dining and partying with Amon Goth at his villa and with time it became apparent that he was willing and capable to make a deal with the devil himself in order to save his Jewish workers However I think that he could only do that because there was a little of the devil in him as a serial adulterer a black marketeer he It Looks Like This understood well the situation that he found himself in and learned how to best get by and make a profit and it is precisely this what allowed him to move comfortably and freely about the circles of high ranking SS officials allowing him to bribe them to his own gain A pious man would not be able to stand Goeth and his cliue and his entire enterprise of saving Jews would have collapsed before it was even able to begin only because he was a crook himself was Oskar able to outwit and fool other crooks and only because he himself was corrupted could henderstand how to corrupt and seduce others for his own gainAccording to his wife Emilie Schindler did not do anything remarkable before or after the war "His Post War Life Is "post war life is sad one full of failed ideas and desolation He tried starting again in Argentina but failed and returned to live in Germany leaving his wife behind to fend for herself Although the many grateful Jews whom he saves regularly sent him donations and invited him to Israel to celebrate his birthday there every year Schindler never established himself as a businessman ever again and sually suandered all of the money they gave him very ickly He spent the remaining years of his life in a small one room apartment in Frankfurt where he died alone in 1974 A friend who knew him then described him as a burned out soul who exhausted all of his energy on the rescue of Jews and who did not have the strength to find his feet againAt the same time at the crucial moment in his life Oskar Schindler Eavy drinker and a bon viveur but to them he became a saviour This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler who risked his lif.
Thomas Keneally Þ 9 ReviewOse to the occasion and became a true rescuer of than a thousand Jews showing them incredible kindness which was virtually Plants Used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California (1902) unheard of at the time he treated and cared for his workers better than he did for his own wife And their gratitude and appreciation for him wasnending as Itzak Stern the man who ran Schindler s factory and who typed Love Show up the list of his workers later remarked In the Hebrew language there are three terms three grades person man human being I believe that there is a fourth one SchindlerThe apocalypse of war was theltimate test and a moment of truth for many people and it brought out the truth of Schindler s and Goeth s respective characters in Amon Goeth it brought out his fundamental monstrosity and innate evilness in Oskar Schindler it brought out his innate goodness decency and righteousness There is no better way of describing the difference between the two men than the Tamudic verse from the Sanhedrin Whoever destroys a soul it is considered as if he destroyed
An Entire World And Whoeverentire world And whoever a life it is considered as if he saved an entire world Certain people you know who you are were suggesting the other day that no one actually reads Thomas Keneally Well I notice surprisingly few rev He who saves the life of one man saves the entire world Thomas Keneally Schindler s List Oscar Schindler was a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories in occupied P I was sort of familiar with the Schindler legacy probably seen the film 5 or 6 times Isn t it peculiar that although it is regarded as one of the best biographiesfilms of all time it hardly ever makes it on any person s personal favorites lists Blame the subject matter entirely So this is basically a reading that concentrates most of its attention on all the details that Steven Spielberg failed to bring to the screen Because that inevitably occurs with all adaptationsWell this is almost an encyclopedia The astonishing amount of research that went into this project boggles the mind it is a full lifetime I m plagued with an image of a skeleton being dressed Origin (Robert Langdon, up with flesh and meat like giving a body of fleshy substance to a ghostWhat I didn t know about Oskar Schindler the Schindler jews1Schindler s adolescence wasniue son "Of Rich Roman Catholics "rich Roman Catholics he was a fan of motorbike racing2the original proposal all Jews were going to be relocated far far away to Madagascar3some Jews approved of the ghetto at first since they thought that they would be free to worship and carry out their affairs with the enemies outside of the walls4if you were OD failed to deliver a family to the SS then yours would be forfeit thus the motivation for Jews to turn against each other5there were other Schindler like saviors millionaires who gave The Riddle of the Yellow Canary up everything to save lives though their stories are told ELSEWHERE6the book gives in depth biographies of the survivors like those of Poldek Pfefferberg and Amon s maid Helen Hirsch7RESISTANCE hinted at in the film here it is noted that something very similar to what occurs in Tarantino s Inglorious Basterds occurred in real life rebels did destroy the only SS only cinema8the little girl in the red coat For the film it is an emblem of hope a very visual reminder The book tellss that her name was Genia it is because Schindler sees her from the hilltop sees the determination in her and that invisible string that carries her to safety after the Aktion of the ghetto that he gives Inside the Asylum up his life to the cause Why does she survive She s immune like a Virgil that can accompanys down into the Plastic underworldnscathed Because no one shields her from the horror of the massacre because nobody cares for censorship or human dignity because she is ALONE it is that Schindler becomes Schindler lastly I would add that the book is somewhat digestible than the movie It still allows for the throat to constrict and for shivers to cover the entire body I cannot pick one over the other since they both masterfully voice and embody the testament this great man left behind. E to protect Jews in Nazi occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission a compassionate angel of mer. This is a wonderful book and a wonderful story everyone should know what oskar schindler did for Jews in WW2 However this book was very hard to read like reading a research paper Pfefferberg basically begged Keneally for an hour to write a book because of that the first half of this book was very forced i felt like he didnt want to write this that his
"Heart Wasnt In This Toward "wasnt in this Toward middle of the book i flowed a little but not ntil the last 8 10 chapters did it start to be easier to read That is when i really got into this book I felt too much like a teacher reading a very bland paper with no vivids and a lot of "PLAIN FACTS ALL OF THAT ASIDE "facts All of that aside book should be something everyone knows about there are things i didnt know happened in WW2 in this book and anyone who cares about knowing anything about ww2 should read it Oskar Schindler iswas a heroThis book is so real and should not be taken as lightly as i took in in the first chapters because once i finished i realized how much everyone should know about what schindler did i gave it 3 stars for the difficulty in reading it and the research paper like ality of the literature The list is an absolute good The list is life All around its cramped margins lies the gulf The story behind the book which brought the story of Oskar Schindler to the world is almost as interesting as the story of Schindler himself In October 1980 Thomas Keneally already an established and successful Australian author found himself looking for a new briefcase at the end of his book tour in southern California the last stop before returning home to Sydney Fate led him to a luggage store owned by Leopold Pfefferberg who recognized Keneally because Keneally s credit card took 20 minutes to process the payment he began telling him the story of Oskar Schindler a German industrialist who has saved him and hundreds of others Polish Jews from certain destruction during World War 2 at an enormous personal cost and with incredible ingenuity Pfefferberg led Keneally to the back of his store where he kept many documents he managed to save regarding Schindler and his life during the war photographs letters and office documents including the famed list of workers at a Schindler factory in Brinnlitz on which he pointed his own name He would show these documents to anyone who would be interested hoping to immortalize Schindler and his great deed for future generations a movie was supposed to be made while he was still alive but ltimately nothing came of it Now six years after Schindler s death Pfefferberg convinced Keneally to write a book about him Pfefferberg became Keneally s advisor constantly offering him his help and traveling with him to Krak w and other places where Schindler lived and worked and helped him find and interview over 50 people whom Schindler kept sheltered in his factory Keneally dedicated the finished book originally titled as Schindler s Ark to the memory of Oskar Schindler and to Pfefferberg who by zeal and persistence caused this book to be written If Keneally s briefcase had not broken or if he would pick another store to search for a new one this book would not exist Oskar Schindler s story would very probably be written down or preserved in some other way but not with so much success and interest that it has since generated and would most likely not be adapted into a celebrated and beautiful movie by Steven Spielberg Keneally took the Capote approach to writing presenting the story as faction or a non fiction novel he presented the information he gathered from his copious research in a literary way and offered a reasonable artistic impression to fill in the blanks that were not preserved or could not be recalled or witnessed by survivors The book deliberately takes a literary approach to character development though at the same time it is very conscious that its subjects are real people and does its best to stay true to what can be known about them The plot of the novel is often interrupted by insights and facts found by Keneally to give the situation presented a deeper and fuller meaning and paint a larger picture Keneallly took pride in his vast. In the shadow of Auschwitz a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow He was a womaniser a