The Ark of Schindler

Schindler’s Ark ( Schindler’s Ark in English) is a novel written by Thomas Keneally and winning Booker Prize in 1982. He would later be adapted for film as Schindler’s List , directed by Steven Spielberg . In the United States the book was titled Schindler’s List ; But in the Commonwealth member countries they left the original title.

The novel treats the story of Oskar Schindler , member of the Nazi party that ends up being a hero. At the end of the war , Schindler saved 1,200 Jews from concentration camps in Germany and Poland .

The historical novel describes the events and real personages by means of fictitious dialogues and scenes added by the author. Keneally wrote a large number of novels before The Ark of Schindler . The novel was awarded a Booker Prize for the fiction novel in 1982.


Poldek Pfefferberg , survivor of the Holocaust , served as inspiration to Keneally. After the war, Pfefferberg tried in many occasions to attract the attention of scriptwriters and directors of cinema with respect to his past through a film based on the history of Schindler and his actions to save the Jews of Polish nationality of the Nazis.