A report on Schindlers List

A report on

Schindlers List

Thomas Keneallyís Schindlerís List is the
historical account of Oskar Schindler and his heroic actions in the midst
of the horrors of World War II Poland. Schindlerís 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.

Schindlerís 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.

Schindlerís 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 Schindlerís
lives would become so much in parallel that the novel describes their relationship
as "that of brothers separated by the accident of paternity." Oskarís 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 Germanís 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, "Iíve made more money than I could possibly spend in a lifetime."

His workers were also very happy. This is because "Schindlerís Jews" were
treated as humans as opposed to being treated as animals. For them, working
in Schindlerís 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 campís 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