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I thought Oskar Schindler was fiction?
There certainly was someone named Oskar Schindler, and presumably even his list existed. Nonetheless the whole story around him and the Jewish names can be considered as strongly fictionalized.
The real Oskar Schindler was an opportunistic businessman. Little wonder he had quite a lot of international pre-NS connections, many - if not most - of them being Jewish. An easy way not to be prejudiced against the chosen people.
Very probably, the list consisted of names somehow being related to his former business partners. Schindler, being a man without convictions, grabbed this opportunity in order to establish his own two-way policy. On the one hand working for the Nazis with the help of Jewish labourers and, by doing so, at the same time "saving" Jews from the alleged Holocaust.
Very interesting about the film is, how this deeply immoral man is turned into a hero. How brave a man, that kisses a Jewish woman in front of the SS guards! The truth may have been that he had a Jewish whore.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List.
1. Schindler, Oskar, 1908-1974--fiction.
2. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--fiction.
3. World war, 1939-1945--fiction.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.’
It won the Booker Prize for a work of fiction.
That means you should be able to find it on the library shelves near other titles like:
Shadow Smoke; a psychic understanding of smoke divination from the colours displayed and their differing hue structures depending on ethnicity. by Ceegar Koff;
Great American Lovers;
Goldilocks and the Bear and the Eagle;
The Cow jumped over the Moon...
Tit 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Barrington James wrote:Besides If Hitler had not been such a racist he could have used hundreds of thousands of captured soldiers for his war effort too,
Ah but they did, look up "Ost Battalions" & Andrey Vlasov's ROA or Russian Liberation Army, (from wikipedia) A total of 71 "Eastern" battalions served on the Eastern Front, while 42 battalions served in Belgium, Finland, France, and Italy.
Those are just the Fighting Formations, the Germans also fielded over 900 Labor Battalions working behind the lines in construction details.
In all some 300,000 Russians served in some capacity, however the formations were only ever (rightly so) considered second rate & couldn't be relied upon in the type of warfare the Germans were engaged in.
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