indictment of German war criminals in the trials after the war nourished
the hatred that many in Germany felt for him. He was persecuted, he was
sworn at on the streets, and stones were thrown at him.
It was said that he was
their bad conscience - the conscience of all those who had known something
but done nothing.
Schindler boxed the ears of a factory worker who called him a "Jew
kisser", but achieved nothing other than being dragged into court on
a count of violence, where the judge gave him a lecture on jurisprudence.
In a letter to one of his
Jews, Schindler wrote, "I would have taken my own life, if it would
not have given them so much satisfaction ...."
Oskar Schindler was
honoured and revered everywhere by his Jews. In Jerusalem a floor of the
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace
was dedicated to Schindler in the beginning of the 1970s for his efforts.
Oskar Schindler died of
liver failure in Frankfurt on the 9th of October, 1974, at an age of 66.
From 1939 to the day he died he was such in love with his Jewish people,
that he wanted to be buried in Jerusalem. Poldek Pfefferberg asked him
shortly before he died, why he wanted to be buried here. He answered :"My
children are here ....."
In faithful acquiescence
with his wishes, his earthly remains were taken to Israel, where his lead
coffin was carried through the streets of Jerusalem.
Schindler - to be honest
not one of the most devout sons of the church - was buried in the Catholic
churchyard on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, in the presence of hundreds of
weeping Schindler Jews.
He was mourned on four