Shindlers List

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Shindlers List

Throughout the novel of Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally, the message of courage is
portrayed greatly. Keneally was a gentile man who wrote about how bad the Holocaust was,
even-though he was not Jewish. He tells a story of how one man successfully saved
thousands of Jews by letting them work for him. Keneally wrote about how helping someone
pays off and by letting someone have a second chance which gives them a sense of hope in
times of hardship. When Schindler was helping out Jews, Germany was taken over by Hitler's
Nazis. In times of hardship, some people stand up for the people in need and protect and
help them.

Oskar Schindler, a rich factory owner, risks his life and spends his personal fortune to
save Jews listed as his workers during World War 2. Oskar Schindler risks everything to
help the Jews escape the Holocaust. He is a German man and he should be against the Jews,
in an idealistic way in Nazi Germany, but he is against the Third Reich. His heroism is
deeply appreciated by the Jews as a whole for his works. He put people to work for him and
the Nazis let those select Jews live. In one scene Schindler puts a man with one arm to
work, because he surely would have been killed by the S.S officers due to his disability.
The Nazis confront the handicapped man, and he tells them that he works for Mr. Schindler,
shoveling snow. The Nazis leave him alone and tell Schindler that "there is a defected Jew
working"(123) for him. Schindler tells them that he wants the man working for him. A few
days later the Nazis come back to the man and ask how is job is going. They then detain
him and take him behind a building and shoot him. Schindler was a good man and he
demonstrates this by giving people a helping hand. He tries to also bribe the Nazis in not
killing any of his workers. "The S.S are corruptible as any police force."(227) He wants
to bribe them because he wants to keep all of his employees healthy and not dead. He
stands up in a time of oppression and he shows how one person can have a major impact on a
society.

The style of Thomas Keneally is very descriptive and it's in a point of view, where he is
overlooking Oskar Schindler's illustrious life. He tells each important event in step by
step detail. He tells exactly what people look like and he tells how the army is
completely ready for an invasion. "They were healthy looking young men who had spent all
spring and summer on maneuvers."(41) He is showing how the soldiers have been conditioning
for their arduous campaign of military brutality against defenseless people. He wants the
reader to know how life was exactly like for people throughout the years of change in
Europe. Due to the volatile times, the European powers had to build up their military and
by training soldiers for maneuvers all spring and summer, this made them battle-ready.
Keneally wants to show the reader exactly how something happened and by doing this it
draws the reader's attention. He does this by using factual events in his work, which also
makes it so people can relate to what he is saying since they had experienced or learned
about this time. Keneally shows how writing with description captivates the reader's
attention because of the factual events in his work.

Throughout the novel, Oskar Schindler has many conflicts with the Nazis. He has to always
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