Schindler's List | Study Guide

Thomas Keneally

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Schindler's List | Chapter 14 | Summary



The sorting and removal of ghetto Jews continues. In response Oskar Schindler installs dormitories in his factory to keep his employees safe from the SS. In early June a group of his employees fails to report to work. Schindler visits the railway station and is alarmed to see Jews in cattle cars, bound for a labor camp. By convincing an officer that he is well connected, Schindler is able to rescue his workers from the cattle cars.


Schindler previously used his connections to powerful Nazis to obtain his own release from the dreaded Montelupich prison. Now he leverages those same connections to save the lives of a group of his employees, among them his office manager, Abraham Bankier.

Schindler's employees, in neglecting to pick up their blue stickers, make a grave and nearly fatal error. They have not yet become accustomed to living in a world in which a sticker or one's name on a list means the difference between life and death. The list is judge, jury, and executioner for the Jews in the cattle cars; they will be sent to labor camps that are now being equipped with crematoria. But to the officers who maintain the list—and by extension the fate of the Jews on it—the list's contents are irrelevant as long as its quotas are fulfilled. Removing a name from the list is an annoyance but a minor one. To them, any Jew can easily substitute for any other.

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