Schindler\'s 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 to the Plaszow labor camp,

Oskar Schindler came into direct dealings with the camp\'s director, Amon Goeth.

He did not like Amon, but he tried to get in on his best side in order to keep
using his Jews in his factory. Amon agreed to let Schindler use them, and thus
saving his Jews from some of the harshness of the Plaszow labor camp. As the war
began to go badly for the Germans, they decided to accelerate their "final
solution" by sending the Jews to more sinister concentration camps such as

Auchwitz. This is when Oskar Schindler finally comes to the realization that he
had the power to help his people. The now enlightened Schindler decides to use
his entire fortune to buy the lives of the Schindlerjuden in order to save them
from the gas chambers of Auchwitz. This is how Schindler\'s list came to