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. Hardworking ordinary people who had the same will to live as the rest of the world. Schindler began to see this and did everything in his power to do what he could to make sure as many Jews survived the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.
By employing them he saved them. It got to the point where Schinlder was having them produce non-working items just to keep them out of the camps and in a safe place where they were free from beatings, starvation and disease.
Having visited the Dachau Concentration Camp it is amazing to walk through a piece of History that this book details. How could a people so vehemently hate a people and deny knowing anything happened when it happened right under their noses. To see the emaciated people kept behind wire, to smell the stench of death and disease, to hear the cries of people being stripped of all self being and then to ignore it is a tragedy all in itself. Oskar Schindler tried to take all of that away for the Jews and give them a ray of hope.
If anyone wants to know of a positive side, albeit a small one, of a terrible tragedy, Schindler's List is a story to read.
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. … more
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 … more
"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.
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.
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.