Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List

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Basic Books, Oct 26, 2004 - History - 766 pages
The first true biography of Oskar Schindler that explores the myths and realities of one of the Holocaust's most controversial figures. Spy, businessman, bon vivant, Nazi Party member, Righteous Gentile. This was Oskar Schindler, the controversial savior of over 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust who struggled afterwards to rebuild his life and gain international recognition for his wartime deeds. Author David Crowe examines every phase of the subject's life in this groundbreaking work, presenting a figure of mythic proportions who was also an opportunist and Nazi Party member who helped conquer Poland as a German spy. Schindler is best known for saving 1,200 Jews by putting them on the famed Schindler's List and then transferring them to his factory in today's Czech Republic. In reality, Schindler had very little to do with the creation of the list. He was forced into exile after the war, with success continually eluding him, and he died in very poor health in 1974. He remained a controversial figure, even in death, particularly after Emilie Schindler, his wife of forty-six years, began to severely criticize her husband after the appearance of Steven Spielberg's film in 1993. Oskar

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This is the true story of Oskar Schindler, not the romanticized version of Schindler's List, with many interesting details of his early life and post-war experiences that are not found in the other ... Read full review

Oskar Schindler: the untold account of his life, wartime activities, and the true story behind the list

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What is the truth behind the enigma known as Oskar Schindler? In this detailed, scholarly work, Crowe (history, Elon Univ.; Education Committee, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum) corrects inaccuracies ... Read full review


Schindler the Spy
Schindler and the Emalia Controversy
Theft and Brutality
Schindler in Krakow
Origins of the Schindler Myth
Amon Goth Oskar Schindler and Plaszow
Beginning of the End in Krakow
The Creation of Schindlers List
Schindler in Germany 19451949
Argentina Return to Germany and the Righteous
The Evening of Schindlers Life
Love Bitterness and Death


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David M. Crowe is President Emeritus of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at Columbia University and a member of the Education Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North at Carolina at Chapel Hill. His award-winning books include A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia and The Baltic States and the Great Powers: Foreign Relations, 1938-1940. He teaches at Elon University and its school of law.

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