Schindler's List | Study Guide

Thomas Keneally

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Schindler's List | Chapter 22 | Summary



Schindler learns from his workers that executions and displays of violence are common at Płaszów. To protect his workers, Schindler decides to establish a camp on the DEF premises. He purchases an adjoining parcel of land, and once his application is approved, construction begins on his own forced labor subcamp.


Seeking permission to build a subcamp at DEF, Schindler presents the authorities with an argument about industrial productivity. He has used this same argument in the past as the basis for his refusal to move his factory inside Płaszów. There is truth to the argument: Goeth's violence creates a state of shock in the prisoners, which causes them to be less productive. The authorities accept Schindler's argument, but they also realize Schindler wants to protect Jews. They think he has been infected with "a form of Jew-love as with a virus," but in the end, they consent for practical reasons: Płaszów will soon be full with incoming prisoners, and Schindler will personally finance the subcamp that will ease this congestion. The authorities will also save money by making Schindler pay for his workers' food out of his own pocket.

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