Schindler’s List found in Australia

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A rare carbon copy of Schindler’s List has been found in a library in Australia.

The 13-page document contains the names of 801 Jewish people saved from the Holocaust by industrialist Oskar Schindler, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.

The list was discovered in research notes that belonged to Thomas Keneally, an Australian author who wrote the book Schindler’s Ark.

In 1993, Steven Spielberg turned the book into an Oscar-winning film, starring Liam Neeson as Schindler and Ralph Fiennes as the head of an SS-run camp.

Olwen Pryke, co-curator of the New South Wales State Library, said the discovered list was “one of the most powerful documents of the 20th Century” and was stunned to find it in the library’s collection.

“This list was hurriedly typed on April 18, 1945, in the closing days of WWII, and it saved 801 men from the gas chambers,” she added.

According to Pryke the list was handed to Keneally by Leopold Pfefferberg, named on the list as Jewish worker number 173, persuading the author to write Schindler’s story in 1980.