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K.L. Gross-Rosen-A.L.Brünnlitz/Liste d.männl.Häftlinge, Stand 18.4.1945.
Copy of ‘Schindler’s List’, date unknown
Carbon typescript manuscript
MLMSS 6154/6

Schindler’s list

During World War II German industrialist, Oskar Schindler, convinced authorities that his Cracow enamelware factory was vital to the Nazi war effort. For his Jewish workers, Schindler’s manufacturing plant was to become a place of safety. The Library’s copy of Schindler’s list, one of several transit lists drawn up under Schindler’s auspices, details the male workforce to be transferred to his new factory in Czechoslovakia.

Acquired in 1996, the carbon copy came to the Library amongst research material used by Tom Keneally when writing his novel Schindler's List. Research is currently under way to date the Library's copy of the list. The list was given to Keneally by Leopold Pfefferberg, a 'Schindler Jew', in 1980 while Pfefferberg was encouraging Keneally to write the story of Oskar Schindler.

‘The list is life’, Thomas Kenneally later wrote, ‘All around its cramped margin lies the gulf’

Listen to Tom Keneally talk about the list and his novel.

On display: April to November 2009