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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