Road to Rescue The Untold Story of Schindler's List

ISBN-10: 1590512863

ISBN-13: 9781590512869

Edition: 2008

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Description: Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning filmSchindler's Listpopularized the true story of a German businessman who manipulated his Nazi connections and spent his personal fortune to save some 1,200 Jewish prisoners from certain death during the Holocaust. But few know that those lists were made possible by a secret strategy designed by a young Polish Jew at the Plaszow concentration camp. Mietek Pemper's compelling and moving memoir tells the less-known story of how Schindler's list really came to pass. Pemper was born in 1920 into a lively and cultivated Jewish family for whom everything changed in 1939 when the Germans invaded Poland. Evicted from their home, they were forced into the Krakow ghetto and, later, into the nearby camp of Plaszow where Pemper's knowledge of the German language was put to use by the sadistic camp commandant Amon Goth. Forced to work as Goth's personal stenographeran exceptional job for a Jewish prisonerPemper soon realized that he could use his position to familiarize himself with the inner workings of the Nazi bureaucracy and exploit the system to his fellow detainees' advantage. Once he gained access to classified documents, Pemper was able to pass on secret information for Schindler to compile his famous lists. After the war, Pemper was the key witness for the prosecution in the 1946 trial against Goth and in trials against several other SS officers.The Road to Rescuestands as a historically authentic testimony of one man's unparalleled courage, wit, defiance, and bittersweet victory over the Nazi regime.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Stefan Klein, PhD, is one of Europe's premier science writers, as well as himself a trained physicist. He is the author of numerous books, including the #1 international bestseller The Science of Happiness. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages, and he is the recipient of the prestigious Georg von Holtzbrink Prize for Scientific Journalism. David Dollenmayer is a literary translator and emeritus professor of German at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Winner of the 2008 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize and the 2010 Translation Prize of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, he lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Preface
Krakow in Peacetime, 1918 to 1939
The Invasion
In the Ghetto
Amon Goth, Oskar Schindler, and the Krakow-Plaszow Camp
The Trick with the Production Tables
A Surprising Revelation During the Trial of Gerhard Maurer
Plaszow Becomes a Concentration Camp
Oskar Schindler, One of the Righteous Among the Nations
The Untold Story of How Schindler's List Came to Be
The Liberation of Brunnlitz
Return to Krakow, a City Without Jews
Murderers Without Remorse
Why We Must Never Forget
Acknowledgments
Appendices
Izak Stern's Report, an Excursus by Viktoria Hertling
Chronology
SS Ranks and Their U.S. Army Equivalents
Notes
Bibliography
Books and Articles
Texts on the Internet
Audio-Visual Media
Picture Credits
Index
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