This is the true story of one remarkable man who outwitted the Nazis to
save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II.
Steven Spielberg turned Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning biography
of Oskar Schindlerinto a seven Academy Award-winning film.
It is the story of Oskar Schindler who surfaced from the chaos of madness,
spent millions bribing and paying off the SS and eventually risked his
life to rescue the Schindler-Jews.
Oskar Schindler rose to the highest level of
humanity, walked through
the bloody mud of the Holocaust
without soiling his soul, his compassion, his respect for human life - and
gave his Jews a second chance at life. He miraculously managed to do it
and pulled it off by using the very same talents that made him a war
profiteer - his flair for presentation, bribery, and grand gestures.
In those years, millions of Jews died in the Nazi death
camps like Auschwitz, but Schindler's Jews miraculously survived.
To more than
1200 Jews Oskar Schindler was all that stood between them and death at the
hands of the Nazis.
A man full of flaws like the rest of us - the unlikeliest of all role
models who started by earning millions as a war profiteer and ended by
spending his last pfennig and risking his life to save his Jews. An
ordinary man who even in the worst of circumstances did extraordinary
things, matched by no one. He remained true to his Jews, the workers he
referred to as my children. In the shadow of Auschwitz
he kept the SS out and everyone alive.
Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler were inspiring evidence of
courage and human decency during the Holocaust. Emilie was not only a
strong woman working alongside her husband but a heroine in her own right.
She worked indefatigably to save the Schindler-Jews - a story to bear
witness to goodness, love and compassion.
Today there are more than 8,000 descendants of the Schindler-Jews living
in US and Europe, many in Israel. Before the Second World War, the Jewish
population of Poland was 3.5 million. Today there are between 10,000 and
Schindler spent millions to protect and save his Jews, everything he
possessed. He died penniless. But he earned the everlasting gratitude of
the Schindler-Jews. Today his name is known as a household word for
courage in a world of brutality.
Oskar Schindler died in Hildesheim in GermanyOctober 9, 1974. He
wanted to be buried in Jerusalem. As he said: My children are here ..
- Louis Bülow