A Report On Schindlers List Essay

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A Report On Schindlers List


Thomas Keneally's Schindler's List is the historical account of Oskar Schindler and his
heroic actions in the midst of the horrors of World War II Poland. Schindler's List
recounts the life of Oskar Schindler, and how he comes to Poland in search of material
wealth but leaves having saved the lives of over 1100 Jews who would most certainly have
perished. The novel focuses on how Schindler comes to the realization that concentration
and forced labor camps are wrong, and that many people were dying through no fault of
their own. This realization did not occur overnight, but gradually came to be as the
business man in Oskar Schindler turned into the savior of the Jews that had brought him so
much wealth. Schindler's List is not just a biography of Oskar Schindler, but it is the
story of how good can overcome evil and how charity can overcome greed.

Schindler's List begins with the early life of Oskar Schindler. The novel describes his
early family life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his adolescence in the newly created
state of Czechoslovakia. It tells of his relationship with his father, and how his father
left his mother. His mother is also described in great detail. Like many Germans in the
south, she was a devout Catholic. She is described as being very troubled that her son
would take after her estranged husband with his negligence of Catholicism. Oskar never
forgave Hans, his father, for his abandonment of his mother , which is ironic considering
that Oskar would do the same with his wife Emilie. In fact Hans and Oskar Schindler's
lives would become so much in parallel that the novel describes their relationship as
'that of brothers separated by the accident of paternity.'; Oskar's relationship with
Emilie is also described in detail as is their marriage. The heart of the novel begins in
October 1939 when Oskar Schindler comes to the Polish city of Cracow. It has been six
weeks since the German's took the city, and Schindler sees great opportunity as any
entrepreneur would. For Schindler, Cracow represents a place of unlimited possibilities
because of the current economic disorder and cheap labor. Upon his arrival in Cracow he
meets Itzak Stern, a Jewish bookkeeper. Schindler is very impressed with Stern because of
his business prowess and his connections in the business community. Soon Schindler and
Stern are on their way to the creation of a factory that would run on Jewish labor. Around
this time, the persecution of the Jews of Poland begins with their forced relocation into
ghettoes. This turns out to be timely for Schindler as now he is able to get very cheap
labor. The next few years would go well for Schindler and his factory for they turned a
great profit. In fact he made so much money that he is quoted as saying, 'I've made more
money than I could possibly spend in a lifetime.'; His workers were also very happy. This
is because 'Schindler's Jews'; were treated as humans as opposed to being treated as
animals. For them, working in Schindler's factory was an escape from the ghetto and from
much German cruelty. They loved Schindler so much that his factory became known as a haven
throughout the Jewish community. However, things began to go sour for Schindler, when the
Germans ordered the liquidation of the ghettoes. Soon all of the Jews in the Cracow ghetto
were relocated to the Plaszow labor camp. By this time Schindler had grown so affectionate
toward his Jewish workers that he refused to hire Poles, and instead sought of a way to
keep using the Jews that he had grown so accustomed to. As the Cracow Jews were relocated
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