Schindler's List Found in Aussie Library
List of saved Jews that inspired book was buried deep in box of author's papers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 5:18 AM CDT
In this March 2009 photo released by the New South Wales State Library, author Thomas Keneally is seen with Schindlers List papers.    (AP Photo/New South Wales State Library,Bruce York, HO)
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(Newser) – A rare copy of one of Oskar Schindler's original lists has been found in an Australian library, Reuters reports. The 13 yellowing pages list hundreds of Jews the German industrialist saved from the gas chambers by employing them in his factories. The list was given to Schindler's List author Thomas Kenneally by Los Angeles luggage shop owner Leopold Pfefferberg—whose name is No. 173 on the list—after a chance meeting in 1980.

"The original list was hurriedly typed on 18 April 1945 in the closing days of WWII, and it saved 801 men from the gas chambers," said a curator at the Sydney library, who found the list buried deep in a box of Kenneally's research papers. "It's an incredibly moving piece of history."