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5.0 out of 5 stars "He who saves one life saves the world entire..."
Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally's 1980 non-fiction "novel" about Oskar Schindler's transformation from a bon vivant German (actually, Sudeten German, born in what is now part of the Czech Republic) war profiteer to savior of over 1,000 Jews during World War II, is one of the most fascinating accounts about the darkest chapter of that global conflict, the Holocaust. It...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An important story- but poorly written
Not as poignant as Night or as eloquantly descriptive as Approaches to Auschwitz, Schindlers List is as the back cover suggests- a book written for development into a movie. It was interesting to see where Speilberg took liberty. The author himself cautions that certain elements of the book were fictionalized, however this does not detract from the absolute horror the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. Amazing and worth reading at all costs., 5 Sep 1998
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Schindler's List is a great book. It tells the story of Herr Oskar Schindler in the middle of Nazi occupied Poland. It tells the amazing story of how Schilder went against all odds and all the difficulties to save over 1000 people. Overall, I enjoyed every minute of the book and still rate it over the movie. (I did see the movie after I read the book.) The explaination of the events that triggered Schindler's actions are very descriptive. It is a worthwhile read, and makes you take a deep breath and think about the past. It teaches you many things about how people were treated and how people can be heros.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget..., 2 Feb 1998
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Awesome. Even the film, which by all accounts is superb fails to do justice to this masterpiece. Keneally'striumph deserved to win the Nobel Prize for literature. The images are sharp and the pace manages to balance the harrowing truth with a reminder to the reader that yes, this did happen. I know this is a cliche, but it's deserved in this context:"If you only read one single book in your life-timemake it this one"
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5.0 out of 5 stars I need to wait four years to watch the film. (Cries), 30 Jun 2013
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This book had me spellbound. I got a detention in my primary school because I was reading all the way through the lesson. It is remarkably moving, and I cried all through it, then when I thought the sadness was over, at the end I cried again because it was a little sad the way Oscar Schindler deteriorated in the final few pages, but this didn't feel anticlimactic or unfinished at all. The emotion in this book was (purposefully or not) meticulously constructed and different from other books I have read on the Holocaust, which was interesting. How can you say a book like this was really 'Enjoyable'? No, it was moving and fascinating, and one of the best books I have ever read, because of its sheer literary beauty. I begged my mother to let me watch the film, but she won't let me watch it until I'm fifteen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An important story- but poorly written, 26 May 1999
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Not as poignant as Night or as eloquantly descriptive as Approaches to Auschwitz, Schindlers List is as the back cover suggests- a book written for development into a movie. It was interesting to see where Speilberg took liberty. The author himself cautions that certain elements of the book were fictionalized, however this does not detract from the absolute horror the reader is put into. This is perhaps a decent introduction into Holocaust literature, but is by no means conclusive, comprehensive, or in the same league as Weisel or Rubenstein's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and Interesting! Opens your eyes!, 28 Mar 1997
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The book did a very succesful job in letting me know the true feeling and dedication of the character, Herr Oskar Schindler. Presents amazing mental pictures and lets you feel the relief and pain of all of the captives. It developed a true respect for WWII and helped me understand the anguish that these people went through. Truly the most moving and touching book that I have ever encountered!

Kalan S. Turner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schindler was truly sent by God., 11 Dec 1998
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One of the best novels I ever read on the Holocaust. One man really does make a difference. Without Schindler hundreds of Jewish prisoners would have been exterminated in the death camps. A fast, easy reading book with characters who are simply evil incarnate. Schindler was a saint and the world should never forget what he did during the war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story from the pen of Australia's finest author, 6 Oct 1999
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Of all the books written on the subject of the Holocaust, there can be little doubt that Thomas Kenealy's remarkable story will be one of the most enduring. Beautifully written and extremely well researched, this book is utterly compelling from page one. Its importance shouldn't be underestimated. Spielberg clearly did the book justice with his extraordinary screen adaptation. But as ever, the book outshines the silver screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Testament to a Flawed and Human Hero, 3 Dec 2009
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I understand that there was some controversy when this book won the Booker Prize because, though it is presented as a novel, it is non-fictional in approach and detail. There is very very few events mentioned here that weren't witnessed by someone (one of the hallmarks of historical fiction is that the author uses flights of fancy to imagine what happened behind closed doors). Similarly, there is very little that wasn't backed up by research and/or witness testimony.

Noting this doesn't detract from SCHINDLER'S LIST as a literary achievement. The writing is heartbreaking and taut, and the story is compelling. On a purely technical level, I was grateful that most of the chapters were very short, simply because these frequent breaks allowed me to rest briefly before delving into the relentless terror and pain that the Schindlerjuden were experiencing. I would love to know what has happened to each of his "his Jews" in the days since their liberation. The 1,200 people he saved have, as of 2006, grown to more than 7,000 living all over the world. The machinations that Keneally writes about; the bribes, the schmoozing and the glad-handing of officials in order to save these human beings is nothing short of super-human. Why did this "passive Nazi" risk his own life in order to save so many others? I don't know. I'm only grateful that he did.

Thomas Keneally reaffirms faith in the human spirit and the willingness to do good, even if the person doing it is no angel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "He who saves a single life saves the whole world.", 22 Jun 2008
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Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning, fictionalized biography of Oskar Schindler memorializes a member of the Nazi party who endangered his own life for four years, working privately to save Jews from the death camps. A playboy who loved fine wines and foods, he was also a smooth-talking manipulator (and briber) of Nazi officials, as well as a clever entrepreneur, already on his way to stunning financial success by the early days of World War II. Nowhere in Schindler's background are there any hints that he would one day become the savior of eleven hundred Jewish men and women.

While the excellent film of this novel concentrates on the dangers Schindler and "his Jews" faced daily throughout the war, Keneally, well known for his depictions of characters acting under stress, concentrates on the character of Oskar Schindler himself, beginning with his childhood and teen years. As he explores Schindler's transformation from war profiteer and "passive" Nazi to a man willing to use his fortune to ensure the salvation of his factory workers, Keneally reveals a man of enormous courage and derring-do, a man who thrives by living on the edge.

Presenting episodes from the lives of some of the "Schindlerjuden," Keneally highlights their humanity, creating moments of high drama. Characters such as Leopold Pfefferberg and factory manager Itzhak Stern move in and out of the narrative, illustrating graphically the extent to which their lives depend upon Oskar Schindler, while the constant intrusion of sadistic SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler's life shows the fragility of their security. Other stories, of people who just missed being saved by Schindler, highlight the arbitrariness of fate--chance--in their (and our) lives.

Throughout the novel, Keneally stresses the importance of bearing witness and testifying to the atrocities. In one of the novel's most moving passages, Schindler and his lover ride horses to a ridge where they can view the expulsion of the Jews from the Krakow ghetto, watching, horrified, as old or crippled laggards are murdered in front of Jewish children. "They permitted witnesses because they believed the witnesses, all, would perish, too." Later, Schindler works with a Zionist rescue organization, secretly going to Budapest to testify about the hidden death camps.

Schindler's heroism, his goodness within a country committed to the extermination of other humans, his recognition that witnesses are essential, and his ability to use the system in order to hasten its end bring this story of one man's fight against the Holocaust to life. But it is Keneally's incorporation of Schindler's faults and excesses which gives texture and depth to this portrait and make Schindler a character with whom the reader can identify. Keneally's meticulous research and his portrait of Schindler after the war, beloved by Jews but at loose ends personally and professionally, make this novel an unforgettable study of character and time. Mary Whipple
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4.0 out of 5 stars For content and accuracy, a must read., 18 Mar 2008
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For content and accuracy this is a must read as it conveys far more than a film could ever attempt to do. We learn about the characters backgrounds, aspirations, motives and shortcomings in a meaningful and powerful presentation.My only critique on the negative side is that being of modest educational background and partially dixlectic, I had to have a dictionary handy throughout as the author used hard to understand words that seemed to be there simply for the sake of being highbrow.
If you read the book "Facing the lion" " Memoirs of a young girl in Nazi Europe" by Simone Arnold Liebster you will see the difference in fluency.
That said and having visited Krakow and Auchwitz-Birkenau only 2 weeks ago,again I say, it is a must read for everyone about one of the darkest periods in human history.
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