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Rose J. Humphries (Bournemouth, UK)

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Schindler's Ark
Schindler's Ark
by Thomas Keneally
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars A story of man one would have least have expected to save over two thousand Jews, 3 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Schindler's Ark (Paperback)
Schindlers Ark gives the true story of a man "Oscar Schindler" with a personality one would have least expected to have saved over two thousand Jews during the Second World War. Schindler is a German businessmen who is firstly portrayed as power hungry, womanising and wealthy. The tale starts with Schindler taking to his advantage of the fact Jews can no longer work and son by buying a factory in Poland near the poor conditions of the ghetto funded by Jews and employs Jews. This in fact helps to save them. At first one wouldn't think of Schindler as a saviour but as the story advances he sees the brutality of the Nazi superiors and inhumanity they are inflicting. "Oskar, my dear fellow, you'd be a fool if you got a real taste for Jewish skirt. They don't have a future Oskar. That's not old-fashioned Jew-hate talking, I assure you. Its policy" He grows to know his Jewish employees and forms a very good friendship with his accountant Itzhak Stern. After learning of the SS intentions for the Jews, Schindler uses his own money from the factory to buy each one in order to protect them from harms way. This story has touched many people especially the descendents of those of whom he saved, as he was one man who did so much whilst the rest looked on and did nothing. Although the book was interesting and is much more detailed than its film adaptation Schindler's list I feel found it quite hard to read, as I couldn't quite relate to characters as they had perhaps been fictionalised too much. I found it moving in parts especially towards the beginning when Schindler hires Itzhak Stern and they are discussing about how the current rules set for businesses, Schindler asks him how he knows of this and Itzhak Stern simply answers, "A Jew is still permitted to read German newspapers".

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