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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 "He who saves a life saves the world entire....", 22 Mar 2004
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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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 vividly portrays the horrors of the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish inhabitants in German-occupied Europe while at the same time proving that one person, no matter how flawed and contradictory in nature he or she is, can rise to the occasion and make a difference.
In his Author's Note, Keneally explains that he uses the oft-used technique of telling a true story in the format of a fictional account, partly because he is primarily a novelist (Confederates, Gossip From the Forest) and "because the novel's techniques seem suited for a character of such ambiguity and magnitude as Oskar." He also acknowledges the persistence of Leopold Pfefferberg, a Los Angeles leather-goods store owner and one of the "Schindlerjuden" -- the handful of mostly Polish Jews saved by Schindler from the SS by Oskar's use of his charm, connections with high Nazi Party officials, and ultimately, the fortune Schindler had gone to make in Krakow after Poland's surrender in the fall of 1939.
Like Steven Spielberg's 1993 Academy Award-winning film it inspired, Schindler's List (published in Europe as Schindler's Ark) describes how Schindler takes over a factory -- formerly owned by Jewish investors -- and makes a fortune selling, among other things, pots and pans to the German Army. But as the war goes on and Schindler sees first-hand the horrible crimes the Third Reich is committing in the name of the "Final Solution," the well-connected charmer and ladies' man becomes more concerned about saving lives than making money. First, he has a few fortunate Jews listed with the SS as "essential war-industry workers" in his Krakow factory; later, when he discovers that SS Commandant Amon Goeth has been given orders to dispose of every inmate and slave laborer at the Plaszow Labor Camp before the advancing Soviets reach Krakow, he spends all of his wealth paying Goeth and other corrupt SS officials for the lives nearly 1,200 of the Jewish men, women, and children who form Schindler's workforce.
While Spielberg's movie faithfully captures the novel's account of the Holocaust years, Keneally's book gives the reader more details about Oskar's life before and after the war, including a short account of his prewar activities and his postwar business failures in Europe and Argentina. However, Keneally's focus is on Schindler's inspiring transformation from shameless and charming entrepreneur to "Righteous Person," proving that decency and righteousness can triumph over even the most implacable tyranny and hatred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS VERY VERY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!, 13 May 1999
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The Title says it all, but the movie is better, believe me. What, you don't beleive a 11 year old?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was the best book I have ever read., 11 Mar 1999
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I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting, disturbing, yet uplifting account, 19 July 1998
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Schindler's List has quickly become a modern classic. Frequently, books with such sensitive subject matter are not subject to the same scrutiny as books with less disturbing topics. But apply that scrutiny to this book and the book holds firm. It is excellently written, harsh and clear in its detail as well as quite historically accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A violent, eye-opening masterpiece, 28 May 1998
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I read this book for a school assigment, and found it to be very powerful. It details from actual testimonies, the horror that these people went through, and the saviour that rescued them from it. It should be read by everyone who can take its violent, unrelenting nature. It was written well, with a talented writer's style. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 29 April 2009
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If you enjoyed the film with Liam Neeson then there are many instances in the book which give a detailed and meaningful background to scenes which might have been covered sketchily in the film. Definitely an informative read, which should be essential reading to all who empathize with the meaningless suffering of so many men women and children
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok fictional novel treated as historical account..., 19 Mar 1999
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I'll be lenient and say this book is alright.. I've read many books on the Holocaust and this book doesn't ranks among the best but still it's not bad. I'm hearing of legislators proposing that the MOVIE, which wasn't bad itself, be required viewing for all high school students. I don't understand why that should be necessary since it is a work of one man's imagination... But if the bill passes, that is absolutely fine... As long as 'They Dare to Speak Out' becomes required reading also...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, moving, 29 July 1999
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The novel was very well written. It kept my interest, which is always good! Although I can't help seeing the evil Amon Goeth as the beautiful Ralph Fiennes! The two don't mix at all! Oh, well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical treatment, captivating story, 16 Feb 1999
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I was glued to the pages of SL, but I was hungry for a deeper story that may or may not be born out by the facts. Why did Schindler do what he did, and why didn't he ever do anything of consequence before or after ? If anyone's interested, I'll expand. Jack
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a horrible, and Sadistic book, 16 April 1999
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It was good
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