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DiedOctober 9, 1974, Hildesheim, Germany
SpouseEmilie Schindler
FactSaved more Jews during the Holocaust than any other private person. His enamel plant was a haven from the Nazis for over thousand people at best.

Oskar Schindler was born on April 28, 1908, in Zwittau, Moravia, in what is now the Czech Republic. His parents were Hans and Louisa (née Stern) Schindler. Hans was a farm equipment manufacturer and Louisa was a homemaker. Oskar had an older sister, Elfriede, and a younger brother, Herbert.

Oskar attended elementary school and then the Realschule in Zwittau. In 1924, he went to work for his father’s company. After his father’s death in 1932, Oskar took over the company.

In 1939, when Germany annexed Czechoslovakia, Oskar became a German citizen. He joined the Nazi Party and the SS.

In 1940, Oskar was sent to Poland to manage a factory that made enamelware for the German army. The factory was located in Kraków, and employed Jewish workers.

In 1942, the Nazis began deporting Jews from Kraków to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Oskar Schindler was horrified by what he saw happening to his workers. He began to smuggle food and medicine to them, and to help them escape from the camp.

In 1944, when the Nazis began to lose the war, they decided to close Auschwitz and move the remaining Jews to work camps in Germany. Oskar Schindler managed to convince the Nazis to let him take his workers with him. He moved them to his factory in Brünnlitz, Czechoslovakia.

At the end of the war, Oskar Schindler was hailed as a hero by the surviving Jews. He was given the title “Righteous Among the Nations” by the Israeli government.

Oskar Schindler died on October 9, 1974, in Hildesheim, West Germany. He is buried in Jerusalem.

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Full NameOskar Schindler
DiedOctober 9, 1974, Hildesheim, Germany
Height1.93 m
ProfessionBusinessperson, Industrialist


SpouseEmilie Schindler
ChildrenOskar Jr Schlegel, Emily Schlegel
ParentsFranziska Luser, Hans Schindler
SiblingsElfriede Schindler

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1Spent his last years living in poverty.
2All of his businesses after his munitions factory were failures and he spent his years after the war living on donations from Jewish organizations.
3There are more than six thousand descendants of the "Schindlers Jews" throughout the world.
4On his grave, the Hebrew inscription reads: "Righteous among the Nations", an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. The German inscription reads: "The Unforgettable Lifesaver of 1200 Persecuted Jews".
5Is portrayed by Liam Neeson in Schindler's List (1993).
6Schindler's widow, Emilie Schindler, dies in a hospital in Berlin, Germany. [October 2001]
7Saved more Jews during the Holocaust than any other private person. His enamel plant was a haven from the Nazis for over thousand people at best.



Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself

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History2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Unsere Besten2003TV SeriesHimself
Hitler, Schindler and the Holocaust1994Video documentaryHimself
Schindler: The Real Story1983TV Movie documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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