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Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activites, and the True Story Behind the List Kindle Edition
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Schindler is a complex man. Womaniser, fraudster, and yet after making a fortune from his activities in Krakow he decides to give it all up to save lives of many of his Jewish workers. Why? This answer is addressed in some detail and it certainly left me wiser than I was before I tackled this huge book.
The is a little long winded but for all that it is a fascinating insight into one the twentieth centuries most hypnotic characters.
While the subject matter is of huge interest it is (at least up to now - first 150 pages) quite tiresome. The author goes into tremendous detail in everything that touches Schindler, directly or indirectly, and there are chapters where Oskar is not even mentioned! It would make a much more interesting, easy and focused reading if he didn't explain the whole Sudetan history and politics, for instance: sure, it is of historical interest, and sure, Oskar came from that background, but so much detail is simply off topic...
The problem is that the author felt compelled to include, in the book, all the research that he did, along with extensive introductions about diverse matters - like state policy against mentally ill people etc. All this halts the narrative and really destroys any sense of continuity.
What's more, for some reason the author has obviously set out to destroy the 'myth of Oskar Schindler". While, of course, the movie was not 100% historically accurate I really see no reason for the author to feel like 'debunking it'. The title of one chapter, "The beginning of the Schindler Myth" really got to my nerves.
All in all, a lost opportunity...
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