Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally

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2 Responses to “Shindler’s List, Thomas Keneally”

  1. Nathan P. Says:

    Schindler’s List is a non-fiction book that takes place in WWII. The factory (Deutsche Emalia Fabrik) where it’s based is run by Oskar Schindler. In order to save the Jews from the terrible things the Nazis and SS were doing to them, he would employ them. Employing them would protect them from being transferred to the worst parts of Europe. He started saving the innocent lives after he witnessed what happened in a ghetto in Poland.

    I thought this book was really good. It really kept your eyes glued to the pages, and you couldn’t put it down. I love books that do that! As horrible as the Holocaust was and what his consequences would have been, Schindler still took the chance to save the many lives he did.

    When I finished this book I thought of all the historical books I have read. My top three would have to be, We Die Alone by David Howarth, The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose, and The Great Walk by Slawomir Rawicz.

  2. Mallory L. Says:

    “Schindler’s List” is a rich historical book following the happenings in and around the Deutsche Emalia Fabrik (DEF), a factory run by Oskar Schindler, a real man. The book takes place in Poland during WWII, though many of the main characters are German. In the DEF, Schindler employs many Jews in order to save them from the atrocities of the Nazis and SS during the Holocaust. After witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust first hand in a ghetto in Poland, Schindler goes from business tycoon to a man determined to do everything in his power to save innocent lives. By employing the Jews on his list, he is protecting them from the camps throughout occupied Europe–right under the noses of deeply evil Amon Goeth and other “bad guys.” This book is non-fiction, filled with information but not to the extent of being boring. It’s written in a story format that keeps your attention, especially towards the middle/end.

    I think this book is beyond amazing. I can’t believe how hard the author must have worked to get every detail, every speck of information down so precisely. There is so much to cover, so many characters, events, etc, and they’re all real. Thomas Keneally has done an incredible job with it all. Sometimes, there are so many characters and events to keep track of that it can be a bit hard to keep everything straight. It seems like one of those books that you might want to read twice to really get everything down. Though as the book progresses and most of the characters and events have been established, things get clearer. Schindler’s character is written so well–he’s well portrayed, enigmatic and cunning. He fits the story so well as it revolves around him. This book is suspenseful in a subtle sort of way. Though it’s about extremely serious and sensitive material, the author is ALWAYS respectful, sincere, and delicate with the subject matter and the way he writes about it.

    If you like “Schindler’s List”, I’d recommend the “Maus” series by Art Spiegelman, “Child of the Warsaw Ghetto” by David Adler, “We Are on Our Own” by Miriam Ketin, and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. These are all Holocaust non-fiction/memoirs except for “The Book Thief” which is Holocaust/WWII fiction.

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