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on 11 June 1997
Too often, we are led to believe that no one can make a difference, that evil is too strong, and it's better just to go along, or to maybe do the best WE can and ignore the struggles of others. What "Schindler's List" shows is that one person can make a difference in the face of overwhelming odds.

Unlike Corrie Ten Boom or Raoul Wallenberg, we are shown that Oskar Schindler started out with no moral underpinnings to make him able to stand with courage against the Nazis. He was a would-be war profiteer, plain and simple -- a man out for a mark, who would get in and get out when it suited him.

Keneally takes you inside Schindler with a remarkable deftness, showing the truly amazing growth that made Schindler able to turn from making money to spending it to save more than a thousand lives -- as Spielberg showed at the end of the moving movie he made from this book, Schindler's survivors and their descendants outnumber the Jews remaining in Poland.

The Jewish people believe that no matter how strong the oppressor, "God always leaves a remnant." Although this book does not do so, it is interesting to consider Schindler as an agent of God in this -- during the war, he made millions of marks, yet after, he hardly had two pfennigs to rub together. After he saved their lives, the "Schindlerjuden" took care of him for the remainder of his.
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