Searching for Schindler
A memoir of Tom's journey around the world to discover the complete story of Oskar Schindler and that list.
In 1980 author Tom Keneally was in Beverley Hills returning from the Sorrento film festival where The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith had been showing. While shopping, 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 wanted shared.
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.
Schindler, the ruined Catholic hedonist, had something ambiguous about him that appealed to the ex-seminarian Tom Keneally who still struggled with his own Catholicism and his humanist view of the world. Oskar showed that virtue, regardless of race, creed or religion, emerged where it would. Tom was a small child during the Second World War and these memories, along with the appeal of Schindler and Poldek's insistence, influenced him to write the book Schindler's Ark .
Oskar and his Jews reduced the Holocaust - an almost untellable story in its scope and devastation - to an understandable human scale. Searching For Schindler is very much Tom's journey, he reflects on his early days as a writer with quite a bit of success - but no confidence - and how this book, the people he met, and the film it became, changed his life.
Soft cover, 320 pages.