Searching for Schindler

Searching for Schindler

Book - 2007
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In 1980 Tom Keneally was in Beverley Hills returning from the Sorrento film festival where The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, directed by Fred Schepisi and adapted from Tom's book of the same name, had been showing. Tom meets the Polish-Jewish Leopold Pfefferberg Page aka Poldek and his life for the next few years is taken over by this charismatic and driven man and the story he wants shared. "It's a story for you, I swear," he says to Tom. The story is of course that of "the all-drinking, all-screwing, all black- marketeering Nazi. But to me he was Jesus Christ, Oskar Schindler". And Poldek shared with Tom the story of SCHINDLER'S ARK which went on to win the Booker Prize and ultimately to become the Oscar award-winning film Schindler's List. SEARCHING FOR SCHINDLER is very much Tom's journey. He reflects on his early days as a writer with quite a bit of success - published in Australia, UK and the US - but no confidence and how this book, the people he met, and the film it became, changed his life. From his Sydney home, he tracked down the main players in Poldek and Schindler's story. Tom and Poldek travelled across the US, Germany, Israel, Austria and Poland interviewing survivors and discovering extraordinary stories. SCHINDLER'S ARK took a huge toll on Tom, and his family; he had never been so overwhelmed by the writing of a story. It forced him to think about Australians and their attitudes to the Holocaust, to think about the Israel / Palestine situation and about families. Not ready to give up the story of Schindler and his Jews after the enormous success of the book, Tom is there for the film adaptation and on set for the filming.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : 2007
ISBN: 9781740512015
Branch Call Number: B 829.33 KENE
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; 24 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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