Searching For Schindler
Thomas Keneally met Leopold "Poldek" Pfefferberg, the owner of a Be ...more
I read Schindler's List more than twenty years ago; long enough ago that the title was Schindlers Ark. Like many people, I knew that Keneally first heard about Oskar Schindler when he bought a briefcase from a luggage retailer in Los Angeles. I didn't know much more than that, though, and this memoir fills in the details of that particular story. It covers in some detail Keneally's initial encounter with Leopold (Poldek) Pfefferburg and his wife, his meetings with other Holocaust survivors who w ...more
The first part of the book is about how Thomas Keneally came by the story and you are introduced to an amazingly passionate man Poldeck who has made it his mission in life to make sure the story of Schindler is heard. You join Thomas and Poldeck on their journey as they source Schindlers Jews and gather the story. The stories the survivors have to tell really gripped me ...more
As other reviewers have said, it starts to feel padded toward the end, the pace certainly recedes and ther the self indulgence of the author sets in. This is definitely ...more
Australian author Keneally was awarded the 1982 Booker Prize for his novel Schindler's List. How Keneally came to write that novel about Oskar Schindler's rescue of more than a thousand Jews from the Holocaust is a tale that, curiously enough, began in Beverly Hills while the author was promoting his Civil War novel, Confederates. Looking for a new briefcase, he entered a luggage shop owned by the ebullient, charismatic Leopold Poldek Pfefferberg, one of Schindler's survi...more
This book tells the story of collecting the stories of survivors from the holocaust, saved by Oscar Schindler, which ultimately became the movie, Schindler’s List.” Thomas Keneally is an Australian, and having Bower read this book imports the right Australian accent. Bower is also good at creating the Polish Jews’ accents.
A memoir of Tom's journey aro ...more
This memoir details how Keneally came to write the book, Schindler's List/Arc. In a way, it was pretty dry, just a recount of things happening, places they went... but I actually found this Poldek guy very am ...more
I'm no more willing to deify Keneally than he was (or I am, for that matter) Schindler, but in the used copy of this book that I bought, someone taped a picture of Keneally & Spe ...more
It also tells the story of how the mov ...more
"Searching for Schindler" is the story of how Thomas Keneally discovered the story of Oskar Schindler, the research for the book "Schindler's List" and how the movie came to be.
It is also, in some respects, a tribute to Poldek Pfefferberg the Schindler Jew whose persistence got Keneally's book written and Spielberg's film made. Schlinder's List was a stor ...more