Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Book Review -- "Schindler's List" by Thomas Keneally

5 out of 5 Stars

When I saw the movie "Schindler's List", I was moved to tears.  The book did the same.

Oskar Schindler, owner of an enameled cookware factory, is a German.  He's also a war profiteer, but he saves over a thousand Polish Jews from extermination during the Holocaust.  The book goes deeper into Schindler's psyche, and we watch this smooth, polished industrialist risk his life and his fortune to save lives.  He lives on a precarious line, entertaining and bribing Nazi officials while being a hero to his Jewish factory workers. 

While the movie is more dramatic, the book digs deeper into the fear and the atrocities "Schindler's Jews" faced, including horrible treatment in concentration camps on their way to Schindler's relocated factory.  

I live about an hour from Washington, D.C. and have visited the Holocaust Museum, and I also have read a lot of World War II books.  This is a must-read for everyone, because we should never forget what happened.  History must not repeat itself.

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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

1 comment:

  1. Schindler's List is an amzing drama depicting the struggle of the European Jews during the Holocaust. Vividly depicting the excruciating pain they went, Speilberg portrays the magnitude of the Holocaust through vivid imagery and heart wrenching content. The story focuses on the story of Oskar Schindler, an entreaupenauer who risked his life to save over 1,000 Jews. This is a film every person should see.


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