Rare copy of Schindler's list found

April 6, 2009 at 11:03 AM   |   Comments

SYDNEY, April 6 (UPI) -- A rare carbon copy of the names of Jews saved by Oskar Schindler during World World II has found new life in Australia, say historians in New South Wales.

The list lay in a box of papers that once belonged to Tom Keneally, who wrote the 1982 novel "Schindler's Ark," which later became the movie "Schindler's List," The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday.

The original list has not survived and of the few remaining carbon copies the most well-known is on display at the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, said Olwen Pryke, who found Keneally's copy in a vault of the State Library of New South Wales.

Keneally's yellowing carbon copy is to go on display Tuesday at the State Library with the final draft of his novel, Pryke said, noting the 13 yellowing pages identify 801 people.

Schindler was a German industrialist who saved Jews from Hitler's gas chambers by employing them in his factories.

Keneally said the list was given to him nearly 30 years ago by Leopold Pfefferberg, a Polish Jew saved by Schindler. Keneally then sold his papers to a manuscript dealer who sold them to the State Library in 1996.

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