Searching for Schindler

B1551

The story of Oscar Schindler has been one of the great internationally known stories. Spielberg’s film captured a dark period of history atmospherically.

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NAME: Searching for Schindler
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1551
DATE: 060409
AUTHOR: Thomas Keneally
PUBLISHER: Sceptre
BINDING: Soft back
PAGES: 312
PRICE: £8.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, Oscar Schindler, the
Final Solution, genocide, luftmensch, Nazi,
Avenue of the Righteous, Auschwitz, Poland
ISBN: 978-2-35250-058-2
IMAGE: B1551.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/

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The story of Oscar Schindler has been one of the great internationally known stories. Spielberg’s film captured a dark period of history atmospherically, but the strength of the story would have shone through a lesser film. Thomas Keneally has written a series of books about Schindler and the best known is “Schindler’s List” because of the Spielberg film and the frequent replays of it on television. The Holocaust is a subject that draws attention. Many reels of film have been shot on virtually every aspect of the terrible story and the fascination may be as much due to the fact that the perpetrators were ordinary people who managed to act as monsters. However, it is also a story of humanity and courage and hope. Oscar Schindler was an ordinary man full of frailties and weaknesses who set out to develop a profitable business exploiting the war. What turned him into a saviour who placed himself in grave danger, required depths of personal courage and ultimately left him financially spent is one of those mysteries that others try to identify and explain. Even with the power of the story, it almost failed to come to light. A Polish Jew known as Poldek, one of Schindler’s Jews built a new life in America but he never forgot the debt he owed to an unlikely saviour. This book is as much Poldek’s story as Schindler’s and of the efforts Poldek made to ensure that the shining achievement of a dubious businessman was never forgotten. It is a memoir that captures the colour around the story and the people who contributed to bringing it onto the international stage. There is charm and heart-rending testimony where a host of anecdotes add depth and perspective to the famous “Schindler’s List”.

, but the strength of the story would have shone through a lesser film. Thomas Keneally has written a series of books about Schindler and the best known is “Schindler’s List” because of the Spielberg film and the frequent replays of it on television. The Holocaust is a subject that draws attention. Many reels of film have been shot on virtually every aspect of the terrible story and the fascination may be as much due to the fact that the perpetrators were ordinary people who managed to act as monsters. However, it is also a story of humanity and courage and hope. Oscar Schindler was an ordinary man full of frailties and weaknesses who set out to develop a profitable business exploiting the war. What turned him into a saviour who placed himself in grave danger, required depths of personal courage and ultimately left him financially spent is one of those mysteries that others try to identify and explain. Even with the power of the story, it almost failed to come to light. A Polish Jew known as Poldek, one of Schindler’s Jews built a new life in America but he never forgot the debt he owed to an unlikely saviour. This book is as much Poldek’s story as Schindler’s and of the efforts Poldek made to ensure that the shining achievement of a dubious businessman was never forgotten. It is a memoir that captures the colour around the story and the people who contributed to bringing it onto the international stage. There is charm and heart-rending testimony where a host of anecdotes add depth and perspective to the famous “Schindler’s List”.

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