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Schindler's Ark

A book released 1994 by Thomas Keneally

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Moving story

  • Jul 3, 2010

Reading Schindler's List brought to me a whole new perspective of the Holocaust and the war in general. Coming from the perspective of a business man like Schindler showed me a  whole new light on how drawn out and gradual the atrocities committed against the Jewish really were. The way this novel was written makes it hard to believe that this is a real historic account of what happened.

This story revealed how unaware most German people really were about what was happening and it was shocking to find out that even the Nazi organization wanted to hide their true intentions from the public. For the most part, I had always believed that most people knew what was happening, even if they didn't see the actual deaths. To find out that people did not know about the concentration camps' purpose made me rethink my opinion of the Germans' role in the war apart from the military and top officials.  

The book also showed the humanity of Schindler, both his amazing contribution to helping Jewish workers from being sent away to die, but also his rational business like attitude and his own personal flaws as a person. It proved that people regarded as heroes are still humans, with flaws and shortcomings. That is what I found most compelling about this novel, that drove the point home that just hatred wasn't enough to lead to the devastation the Holocaust caused, but that every person, whether good or bad, merely had to be indifferent for it to happen. 

I really enjoyed this book and it left an imprint on me of compassion and the capacity of human will.

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July 09, 2010
Thanks for sharing such an important book with us.
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review by . December 08, 2012
Every one who is serious about life and movies has already seen Spielberg's classic film--seemingly every one but me, that is.  I have resisted tearing off the scab of recent history and horror.  But when I saw this book at a used book sale I decided it was time to face the pain.  The tale that Keneally tells so well here is full of pain, but the edge is dulled by a sliver of hope and even most improbably of joy.  Millions died; 1,300 were saved by Schindler's list.  …
review by . July 04, 2010
 It started out as a selfish act to find workers to make a profit during the war and ended up a personal journey to help as many as he could survive he atrocities of World War Two.       Schindler's List was a rollercoaster ride of emotions to me. A man who wanted to take advantage of the war for his own greed changed everything after meeting Iztahk Stern, a man who helped Oskar Schindler help himself. Itzahk Stern showed Schindler that the Jews were just people. …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
"Schindler's Ark" was a heartbreaking experience for me. I read this book as research and preparation for my review of Spielberg's film and I was already fairly familiar with the history of the Holocaust, but even I was unprepared for how emotionally devastating this book was. A powerful, stark, enlightening read that offers as much hope to its readers as it offers insight into the atrocities of the Nazis.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
Sickening but real, a needed read for social development, obviously with this topic ignorance would be bliss but since it did happen we need to learn from it so a necessary read to not forget and to take whatever actions to amend and move forward from it to not recreate this or similar horrors.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
A truly, truly, inspiring story of the strength of the human spirit.
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The book, which was originally titled Schindler's Ark was later changed to Schindler's List for its American publication. Although written in novel format, the book is an historical account of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi Party, who used his manufacturing plant as a front for saving over 1,100 Jews from the death camps.
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ISBN-10: 0340606517
ISBN-13: 978-0340606513
Author: Thomas Keneally
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Biography
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Date Published: 1982 (original publication) 1994 (U.S. publication)
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