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Oskar Schindler : the untold account of his life, wartime activities, and the true story behind the list

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Oskar Schindler : the untold account of his life, wartime activities, and the true story behind the list
Call No: 940.5318 S33c

Call Number940.5318 S33c
Dates[2004]; ©2004
Statement of ResponsibilityDavid M. Crowe.
Creators & ContributorsCrowe, David (author)
Schindler, Emilie (related)
Göth, Amon (related)
Schindler, Oskar (subject)
Summary"Spy, businessman, bon vivant, Nazi Party member, Righteous Gentile. This was Oskar Schindler, the controversial man who saved eleven hundred Jews during the Holocaust but struggled afterwards to rebuild his life and gain international recognition for his wartime deeds. David Crowe examines every phase of Schindler's life in this landmark biography, presenting a savior of mythic proportions who was also an opportunist and spy who helped Nazi Germany conquer Poland. Schindler is best known for saving over a thousand Jews by putting them on the famed 'Schindler's List' and then transferring them to his factory in today's Czech Republic. In reality, Schindler played only a minor role in the creation of the list through no fault of his own. Plagued by local efforts to stop the movement of Jewish workers from his factory in Kraków to his new one in Brünnlitz, and his arrest by the SS who were investigating corruption charges against the infamous Amon Göth, Schindler had little say or control over his famous 'List.' The tale of how the 'List' was really prepared is one of the most intriguing parts of the Schindler story that Crowe tells here for the first time. Forced into exile after the war, success continually eluded Schindler and he died in very poor health in 1974. He remained a controversial figure, even in death, particularly after Emilie Schindler, his wife of forty-six years, began to criticize her husband after the appearance of Steven Spielberg's film in 1993. In Oskar Schindler, Crowe steps beyond the mythology that has grown up around the story of Oskar Schindler and looks at the life and work of this man whom one prominent Schindler Jew described as 'an extraordinary man in extraordinary times.'" —Publisher
  1. Schindler's early life (1908–1938): Czechoslovakia and his initial ties to Abwehr (German Military Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Service)
  2. Schindler the spy: arrest, imprisonment, and his role in the German invasions of Czechoslovakia and Poland (1938–1939)
  3. Schindler and the Emalia controversy: his acquisition of Emalia in Kraków amid charges of theft and brutality
  4. Schindler in Kraków: his initial use of Jewish workers in the Kraków ghetto
  5. Origins of the Schindler myth: Schindler and Emalia and the closing of the Kraków ghetto
  6. Amon Göth, Oskar Schindler, and Płaszów: their relationships with the Schindler Jews
  7. Schindler's Emalia sub-camp: pertaining to Göth and ties with the Jewish agency
  8. Beginning of the end in Kraków: the closing of Płaszów, the fate of Emalia's Jews, and the SS investigation of Göth and Schindler
  9. The creation of "Schindler's List": myth and reality
  10. Brünnlitz: life, death, survival, and escape
  11. Schindler in Germany (1945–1949): struggle for survival and plans for Argentina
  12. Argentina, return to Germany, and the Righteous Gentile controversy: the Schindlers' life in Argentina, Oskar's return to Germany in 1957, and the controversy surrounding his Righteous Gentile nomination
  13. The evening of Schindler's life: MGM, fame, and controversy
  14. Love, bitterness, and death: Oskar and Emilie, 1970–2001
  15. Afterthoughts: a scholar's journey
Physical Description xi, 766 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 25 cm
Carrier Typevolume
Publisher[Boulder, CO] : Westview Press
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index