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Schindler's List (1982)

by Thomas Keneally

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In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.… (more)
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    Schindler's Legacy: True Stories of the List Survivors by Elinor J. Brecher (Moomin_Mama)
    Moomin_Mama: Tells the stories of the survivors, their backgrounds and the lives and families they went on to have.
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    Searching for Schindler: A memoir by Thomas Keneally (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Non-fiction account of the research behind 'Schindler's List'.
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    The Girl in the Red Coat by Roma Ligocka (Leishai)
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    The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List by Mietek Pemper (jshrop)
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An amazing and timely book

Who was Oskar Schindler? An ordinary man who was willing to stand up to evil and make a difference. Hi wife recalled that the time and circumstances summoned forth his deeper talents. "He who saves one life saves the world entire." ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
Pertany a la colección "cine para leer"de la Vanguardia
  stJosep | Mar 27, 2020 |
Fascinating story and a respectful approach to presenting largely factual information. Wrenching, as it should be, and well worth the read. ( )
  brakketh | Jan 12, 2020 |
"Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world."

Oskar Schindler was an unlikely hero, a flamboyant womaniser and heavy drinker who enjoyed the good life socialising with Nazi concentration camp commanders, yet in the shadow of Auschwitz he continually risked his own life and fortune outwitting the SS to protect the lives of over a thousand Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Schindler's List, is a piece of non-fiction and the author tells his story by weaving testimony from survivors who remembered the German industrialist together with Schindler's own accounts detailing how the Nazi system worked at the time and the deceptions he practised on the SS officials whom he came in to contact with to circumvent it. He was arrested on more than one occasion suspected of treasonable activity, but always managed to talk his way to freedom.

I find myself really torn by this book. This is a remarkable true story that would probably never have come to life without the author's (and then later Hollywood's) intervention outside of the Jewish community which would have been a real shame. However, the largely analytical tone of the book never really seemed to do justice to the man at the centre of it. Schindler was certainly a complex man, he was a playboy, with a string of female lovers, enjoying wining and dining Nazi officials who was simultaneously venerated by the Jews sheltering under his wing, who remained alive almost because of his personal charisma and charm, bribery and cronyism. Now whilst I realise that the author was endeavouring to avoid (in his own words) 'canonizing' Schindler the tone of the novel somehow distanced him from the reader rather than really animating him. He remained an enigma to the end. An unremarkable man in peace time who in six years of war-time did remarkable things.

"The principle was, death should not be entered like some snug harbour. It should be an unambiguous refusal to surrender."

Keneally's 'The Playmaker' is in my top 10 all time favourites and whilst this piece of work won't be going on to that particular list the man at the centre of it deserves not to be forgotten and therefore the book deserves to be widely read which earned it an extra star. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Dec 20, 2019 |
This is the fascinating story of Oskar Schindler, a hedonistic young German, a womanizer and a lover of fine alcohol. In 1939 Schindler followed the German occupying forces to Cracow in Poland and tried to fit in as a German industrialist and make him a fortune. He quickly became fond of various elements in the Nazi civilian and military government, taking control of the Amiel plant and began to employ Poles (some of them Jews). Schindler starts to earn a fortune but at the same time sees what the Germans are doing to the Jews and tries to help the victims. As time passes and progresses, he works more for the Jews by adding food and conditions, he tries to bring more of them closer, and even in this manner, he risks repeatedly. From one climax to a new high, in seemingly lost situations, Schindler succeeds in annexing some 1,300 Jews and caring for them until their release from Nazi rule, while on the way he challenges fate.

This is an excellent book told as a fascinating and exciting story, combined with data and documents, many of which gathered from the significant group of Schindler's list that survived the war and never forgot their benefactor. ( )
  Ramonremires | Jan 30, 2019 |
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THE versatile Australian novelist, Thomas Keneally, tells the true story of Schindler's rescue effort in this remarkable book which has the immediacy and the almost unbearable detail of a thousand eyewitnesses who forgot nothing. The story is not only Schindler's. It is the story of Cracow's dying ghetto and the forced labor camp outside of town, at Plaszow.
 

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TO THE MEMORY OF OSKAR SCHINDLER,

AND TO LEOPOLD PFEFFERBERG,

WHO BY ZEAL AND PERSISTENCE

CAUSED THIS BOOK TO BE WRITTEN
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In Poland's deepest autumn, a tall young man in an expensive overcoat, double-breasted dinner jacket beneath it and - in the lapel of the dinner jacket - a large ornamental gold-on-black enamel Hakenkreuz (swastika) emerged from a fashionable apartment building in Straszewskiego Street, on the edge of the ancient center of Cracow, and saw his chauffeur waiting with fuming breath by the open door of an enormous and, even in this blackened world, lustrous Adler limousine. [Prologue]
[Author's Note] In 1980 I visited a luggage store in Beverly Hills, California, and inquired the prices of briefcases.
General Sigmund List's armored divisions, driving north from the Sudetenland, had taken the sweet south Polish jewel of Cracow from both flanks on September 6, 1939.
[Epilogue] Oskar's high season ended now.
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This is the novel Schindler's Ark, also published as Schindler's List. It is neither Schindler's List / Piano Solos nor the movie Schindler's List. Despite similar titles, the three media are separate works and should not be combined with each other. Only the novel Schindler's List (Schindler's Ark) should be combined here.
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In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.

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