Book Review: Schindler’s List

A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory direktor Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden-Schindler’s Jews- to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

It is very unlikely that there are people who know nothing of Hitler or the concentration camps of Auschwitz. And if not for the author Thomas Keneally, a majority of people, including me, would probably have not heard so many details about Schindler. Cause, Schindler’s list by Thomas Keneally tells the true story of a German factory direktor,Oskar Schindler, who did everything he could to save as many Jews as he could during the holocaust.

Being an ardent reader of crime novels, I have read a lot of gruesome crimes against human beings. Even though some of it has made me flinch, it has never got to me cause subconsciously, I know it is fiction; that, none of it is true. Of course, stories of Hitler and Auschwitz are nothing new. But never before have I read a book that is so honest and laid bare for the entire world to read. The realization that everything in the book is based on true accounts of the holocaust survivors, takes you to another world entirely.

This book is so emotional, and not just cause of the atrocities that turn humanity into pure evil, but also cause of the goodness that prevails,(how much ever meagre it may be), amidst pure evil.

I honestly think that everyone has to read this book, irrespective of whether you don’t read books or if you have already seen the movie based on the book. Believe me, I don’t think anyone could have done justice to the book like Steven Spielberg did. The movie was such a beautiful rendition of the book and has tried to inculcate as much information in the book as possible. But, to really know the lengths to which Schindler went in order to save his Jews, you must read the book. And yes, the book is a hard read. Being a historical account and quite factual, and with the author’s efforts to keep it as less a fiction as possible; you can find yourself in states of confusion and a bit time consuming. But, trust me, reading this book is worth it.

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