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In an engrossing account based on the testimony of those known as Schindlerjuden (Schindler's Jews,) Thomas Keneally reconstructs the story of Oskar Schindler, the enigmatic prison camp Direktor and German war profiteer who became the unlikely savior of over 1,300 Holocaust Jews.

Secretly appalled by the deeds of his countrymen, Oskar Schindler set up a factory in which he sustained his workers on black-market food and protected them from deportation to death camps through his various wheelings and dealings and bribes of Party officials. Quite unexpected of a heavy-drinking, womanizing, Nazi Party industrialist, Schindler's personal risks and sacrifices showed unforgettable courage and grace to people whom evil had surrounded and systematically worked to destroy.

Keneally based his narrative account on the interviews of 50 Schindler survivors and on countless testimonies and documents supplied by Yad Vashem, The Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, by various wartime associates of Schindler's, and by many of Schindler's postwar friends. In the company of Leopold Pfefferberg, one of Schindler's survivors, Keneally visited Cracow, Plaszów, Lipowa Street, Zablocie, and Auschwitz-Birkenau, places associated with Schindler's operations and therefore prominent in the book.

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The acclaimed bestselling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, and the inspiration for the classic film—“a masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

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Winner of the Booker Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction

Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.

Synopsis:

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction

From the author of the new novel The Daughters of Mars, Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.

About the Author

Thomas Keneally was born in 1936 and raised in the rugged expanse of Australia. As a

young man, he planned to join the priesthood, but by 1960, on the verge of the Vietnam

War, Keneally found the church in such moral turmoil that he decided it was impossible

to go through with his ordination.

Keneally received his formal education in Sydney, Australia. Over the past 30 years, he

has published over 25 novels, more than a dozen screenplays, and several works of

non-fiction. These works include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The Playmaker,

Season in Purgatory, A Family Madness, and Woman of the Inner Sea. His work

has been nominated four times for the Booker Prize, which he won in 1982 for Schindler's

List. He won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction, The Miles Franklin Award, The

Critics Circle Award, and a Logie (Australian Emmy).

A self-described "literary biker," Keneally has traveled through Australia, Iceland, Antarctica,

America, Eastern Europe, roaming across genres and topics, often championing the underdog.

"I'm a writer who's always been hard to pin down," Keneally says, "because I've sometimes

written about things that are none of my concern — like the American South or Antarctica or

Australian aboriginals or the Holocaust. I think I appeal to 'hells angels' kind of writers."

Keneally has modeled many of his characters after the traditional Australian hero — the

"battler." "In America everyone admires successful men and women. In Australia, they

suspect them. The Australian hero is the person to whom everything has happened —

drought, fire, flood."

Oskar Schindler is a classic Keneally character — conflicted and flawed, the antithesis of a

one-dimensional altruistic saint. And Schindler's story is a classic Keneally story — an

ordinary man placed in a situation of enormous moral dilemma.

While researching Schindler's List, the author spent two years traveling to eight countries, where he interviewed many of Schindler's Jews and read the numerous testimonies which

are held at the Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, Yad Vasbem, Israel.

Keneally lives in California where he teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of

California, Irvine, where he holds a Distinguished Professorship.

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Veronica Adams, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Veronica Adams)
Schindler’s List tells the compelling true story of how a single person saved more Jews from being gassed than any other individual in World War II. This person is Herr Oskar Schindler, the director of a Polish concentration camp. Although he runs the camp, he does not agree with the Nazi policy of mistreating Jews. He helps the people in his camp by treating them with dignity instead of gassing them, while risking his own life and authority. The author, Thomas Keneally, uses pure human ingenuity to show the acts of a helpful man in a position of dread.
I thought that this book was a very exciting and good read. I felt that the characters (especially Schindler) were very well thought-out. Thomas Keneally treated every character like they were the protagonist, whether they were or not. I would probably recommend this book to people who have seen the movie and liked it or to people who like World War II stories. Overall, this book was very well written, and since I have not yet seen the movie, I can only hope that it is as good as the book.
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ltobin, January 6, 2012 (view all comments by ltobin)
Much different from what I expected, Keneally's Schindler's List is more of a historical account than a dramatic re-telling of a true story. Do not get me wrong, there is mystery, and subterfuge, and pain, but Keneally does not need to dress up the details in any way but the truth. I found myself completely engrossed in what I thought was going to be just be a dramatic story interwoven with a painful account of concentration camps and death. I could not put the book down, even when the tears were flowing and I was scared for the next paragraph to confirm my deepest fears.

An imperfect man, Schindler does something extraordinary. It reminds me that even with all my mistakes, I can still make a difference.
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kaaren a., November 24, 2006 (view all comments by kaaren a.)
The style of Keneally's writing is different from the popular "fast read" style that is so pervasive today, so it took me a chapter or two to "get to know" his voice. Once I understood his style I revelled in his storytelling, despite the desperate subject matter. Keneally includes true anecdotes to build the history that is the Holocaust, and although thoroughly shocking and previously unknown facts are included, this is a history that can be read with the enjoyment of getting to know the characters as Keneally sees them. Before I read this book, I thought I knew a lot about the Holocaust. I would recommend this book to everyone: even if you have seen the movie, there is much more in the book than could be included in the movie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671880316
Author:
Keneally, Thomas
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Keneally, Thomas
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Study and teaching
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Judaism - General
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Literature
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Study & Teaching
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Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Righteous gentiles in the holocaust
Subject:
Biographical fiction
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Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
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World War, 19
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General Fiction
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Holocaust; Oscar; Oskar; Schindler; Shindler; Schildner s Jews; Jewish; Gas Chamber; Extermination Camps; World War II; Nazi; Nazi Regime; Germany; Poland; History; Historical Fiction
Subject:
Holocaust; Oscar; Oskar; Schindler; Shindler; Schildner s Jews; Jewish; Gas Chamber; Extermination Camps; World War II; Nazi; Nazi Regime; Germany; Poland; History; Historical Fiction; Hilary Clinton; Hard Choices; Steven Spielberg; Ben Kingsley; Liam Nee
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Holocaust; Oscar; Oskar; Schindler; Shindler; Schildner s Jews; Jewish; Gas Chamber; Extermination Camps; World War II; Nazi; Nazi Regime; Germany; Poland; History; Historical Fiction; Hilary Clinton; Hard Choices; Steven Spielberg; Ben Kingsley; Liam Nee
Subject:
Holocaust; Oskar; Schindler; Shindler; Schildner s Jews; Jewish; Gas Chamber; Extermination Camps; World War II; Nazi; Nazi Regime; Germany; Poland; Executive Order 9066; Shame and the Captives; History; Historical Fiction; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Hilary C
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
1992
Publication Date:
December 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 11.97 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Booker Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction

Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.

"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction

From the author of the new novel The Daughters of Mars, Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.

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