REVIEW: Schindler’s List

Thomas Keneally retells the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler and his impact on the Holocaust.

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The mesmerizing novel “Schindler’s List” retold by Thomas Keneally about Oskar Schindler’s remarkable journey beginning in 1943, follows Schindler as he manages to save 1,100 Jewish men and women. “Schindler’s List” is an excellent depiction with incredible amounts of detail and research telling the astonishing story of one man’s small deed that left a greater impact on history.

Oskar Schindler was born in 1908 in Zwittau, Austria and was a Czech manufacturer and factory owner. Schindler was very resourceful, as in he had many connections with Nazi authorities, just the people one would want to be friends with at this time in history, as it ensures safety. “Schindler’s List” followed Schindler’s journey, with multiple flashbacks along the way, ultimately leading up to his death in 1974.

“Schindler’s List” is an powerful novel that can bring one to tears, smiling in cheer and even be so uncomfortable they need to stop reading. This novel is told with a great amount of affection for the topic and no regard to the reader’s opinion, almost metaphorically to the lack of regard to the suffering of the Jews that Nazis and supporters of the Nazi party had at that time. Although graphic at times, “Schindler’s List” is an extremely captivating read for anyone interested in the Holocaust.

This novel is targeted for adults and mature young adults, so it’s vocabulary and details may be overwhelming at times. Keneally expertly lays out the story of Oskar Schindler and what some Jews experienced during this dark time in history, and is an excellent wake up call to how horrific humans can be, but also how selfless they can be.

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