Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally

Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally

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A great book. Definitely in my top 5 Man Booker winners that I have read so far. Amazingly the book was only written when Keneally went into a store in LA and got talking to Poldek Pfefferberg one of the survivors. He had been trying for years to get a book or movie made. Thanks to his and the authors efforts he succeeded with both.

Schindler was no saint but he had what was lacking in a lot of Germans in WW2, a conscience. He enjoyed mistresses, partying and was a wizard on the black market. He also surrounded himself with intelligent assistants such as Stern.

The story is amazing and incredible. Schindler managed to save around 1200 people due to his amazing negotiating and drinking abilities. Moving his factory from Cracow to Brinnlitz in Moravia with his staff and using his own money to facilitate it was amazing. Keneally has woven fiction and non fiction into a moving and inspiration story. He captures well the horror of the camps with summary executions, the madness of Amon and his cruelty. The liquidations in the Cracow ghetto and how fate could be so arbitrary.

Before Schindler escaped to the American lines he was presented with a gift from the Schindlerjuden in the form of a gold ring with the inscription of ‘He who saves a single life, saves the world entire.’ This was an apt and poignant memorial.

It is a shame the movie did not show his escape from Moravia. However, the movie Schindlers List is a great movie and handles the story well.

 

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Goodreads Rating: 4.70/5