Searching for Schindler, A Memoir

Searching for Schindler, A Memoir

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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. Australian writer Keneally met Leopold "Poldek" Pfefferberg, the owner of a Beverly Hills luggage shop, in 1981. Poldek, a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor, had a tale he wanted the world to know. He convinced Keneally to relate the incredible story of "the all-drinking, all-screwing, all-black-marketeering Nazi, Oskar Schindler. But to me he was Jesus Christ." This is the chronicle of Keneally's pursuit of a fascinating and paradoxical hero: traveling throughout the United States, Germany, Israel, Poland, and Austria, Keneally and Poldek interviewed people who had known Schindler and uncovered their indelible memories. This is also the story of Keneally's growth as a writer, the making of the film, and the enormous success of his portrait of Oskar Schindler.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2008
Edition: First edition in the U.S.A
ISBN: 9780385526173
Branch Call Number: 823x KENEA KENEA
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib Apr 14, 2014

"Acclaimed Australian author Thomas Keneally was visiting Beverly Hills, California, in 1981, when he met Polish Holocaust survivor Leopold Poldek Pfefferberg. Poldek wanted somebody to tell the story of Oskar Schindler, who accomplished the rescue of over 1,000 Polish Jews from the Nazis. Intrigued by Poldek's account, Keneally agreed to work with him. Together they located Holocaust survivors to interview, visited relevant sites in Poland, and documented Schindler's personal life. Their efforts resulted in Keneally's Man Booker Prize-winning novel, Schindler's Ark, and an Oscar-winning film. Searching for Schindler will fascinate anyone interested in Holocaust history or in the research and writing process of a successful author." Biography and Memoir April 2014 newsletter


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