Searching for Schindler
This is the captivating story behind Schindler’s List, the Booker Prize–winning book and the Academy Award–winning Spielberg film. Keneally tells the tale of the unlikely encounter that propelled him to write about Oskar Schindler and of the impact of his extraordinary account on people around the world.
Thomas Keneally met Leopold “Poldek” Pfefferberg, the owner of a Bev
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
Description: Thomas Keneally's account of his discovery of the story of Oskar Schindler, which became the basis for his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler's Ark and the Oscar-winning film Schindler's List.
1/5: Keneally's account of his discovery of the story of Oscar Schindler
2/5: Poldek and Thomas set out to meet the Australian and American Schindlerjuden, the Jews saved by Oskar.
3/5: Poldek takes Keneally to Poland to witness 'the intimacy of horror' i ...more
Thomas Keneally, up to 1980, was a relatively unknown author living in Australia. He was visiting California and his briefcase was broken. He walked into a handbag store in Beverly Hills looking to buy a new one. The owner of the store, Poldek, finding out that Keneally was a writer, convinced and cajoled him into writing a true story about a Sudeten German, Oskar Schindler, who saved Jews ...more
Thomas Keneally's account of his discovery of the story of Oskar Schindler, which became the basis for his Booker Prize-winning novel Schindler's Ark and the Oscar-winning film Schindler's List.
Episode 2: Poldek and Thomas set out to meet the Australian and American Schindlerjuden, the Jews saved by Oskar.
Episode 3: Poldek takes Thomas to Poland to witness 'the intimacy of horror' in the Krakow ghetto.
Episode 4; The journey ends in Israel and Thomas goes home ...more
Its Tom Keneally's memoir of how he came across the Schindler story and the journey through its research, publication and portrayal to film. There is also parts of his family life in Sydney(found out he grew up in the same suburb I live now! that was exciting) and his journalistic endeavors in Eritrea during the war with Ethiopia and later. It spans roughly 10-12 yrs from the time he chanced upon the story to Schindler's List winning the ...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
Keneally lost points for me by digressing a lot to his life in general and away from the subject, which I found irritating. That aside it was a very enjoyable read.
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
As other reviewers have said, the book spent a lot of time detailing what happened between the book being published in 1982 and the film being released in 1993. I would have been content to miss the trips to Eritrea and diversions to other books being conceived, written and published. Keneally's style is entertaining and I'll be seeking out his other works, but I can't help feel that 'Searching for Schind ...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