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Thomas Keneallys Schindlers List is the historical account of Oskar Schindler and his heroic actions in the midst of the horrors of World War II Poland Schindlers 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 Schindlers 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 Schindlers 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 Schindlers lives would become so much in parallel that the novel describes their relationship as that of brothers separated by the accident of paternity Oskars 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
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