Fictionalising History on Film

 The accuracy of Brett Jenik’s article “Myth, Reality and Oskar Schindler” (Quadrant, June 2010) with its extract added from Jitka Gruntova’s book seems unquestionable. The whole article is impressively detailed. Thomas Keneally’s glamourising of the background, character and motives of Schindler is convincingly revealed. One had read some of this before but never assembled so comprehensively. In one small but interesting particular is there a different recollection: Keneally’s inspiration for the story of Schindler is referred to by Jenik as Leopold Pfeffenberg, a New York Jewish shop-owner. He was apparently well known as Poldek Pfefferberg in a luggage shop on…

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