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Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activites and the True Story Behind the List Paperback – 5 Jul 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465002536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465002535
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most biographies are written against a sketchy background of historical events drawn with just enough broad strokes of the brush to provide context for a life. Crowe's book, apart from the affecting last chapters on the autumn of Schindler's life, is just the opposite...In these Auschwitz memorial days we are filled with tales and images of Jewish deaths. Crowe's book honours the heroism of Hitler's working Jews in life" The Spectator"

About the Author

David M Crowe is an award-winning author and distinguished historian. He is a member of the Education Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C, and teaches at Elon University.


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This isn't the best biography I've ever read. The author repeats himself too much and breaks up the flow of text constantly with endless German terms and translations that could just have easily have been left out. He also inserts himself into the narrative too much - 'I did this', 'I met such and such', 'I think that Oskar...'. But the subject matter speaks for itself. The research that went into this book is exhaustive, and it really does illuminate so much of Schindler's life than just the years during the war. Schindler was a drunk, a womanizer, a pretty wretched husband, an opportunist, terrible with money - but he was also a hero, a saviour, and a remarkable man. This book tries to explain the moral transformation that saw Schindler emerge from the wreckage of WW2 and the Holocaust as such a legendary figure. Whether it succeeds or not is debatable, but it's worth the read anyway.
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It is disappointing to read reviews from people who have only read 150 pages of a 700 page book.I have to agree that the opening hundred or so pages are at best tedious, but the book rapidly gathers pace and some of the detail is extraordinary. The fate of Goth's mistress after the war is stranger than any fiction (I won't spoil it for the reader)and is an example of the detail that eventually warms the reader to the author.
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.
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It was too factual. I realise it is an account of his life but was done in a boring way. The war years were more interesting and the reason I downloaded this book was we had just been to Auschwitz whilst in Poland. Lots of information in this book not necessarily done in an interesting way, though. I should have downloaded Tom Keanelly's book "Schindler's Arc"
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