The book focuses not only on the actions of Schindler, but the moral issues surrounding the Holocaust. Keneally's use of certain anecdotes gives internal views of the concentration camps. The book is moving and compelling, because of its sheer sadness. The aim is not so much to learn but to understand, and Keneally writes fluently. Thoroughly gripping, but emotionally prevoking, stories plunge readers into war-time Germany.The book's power comes from its startling simplicity; the plot allows us to feel shame, anger, bitterness and happiness all at once with its recital of the atmosphere of the concentration camps.