How Did Oskar Schindler Save 1,200 Jewish Workers?
When Hitler invaded Poland, Oskar Schindler, a pro-Nazi German businessman, went eagerly to find a way to profit which he did through bankrupt kitchenware factory. When Schindler went in search for good, cheap, reliable labor, he turned to those of the Jewish community whom, if they could not find work, would be carted out of the city and into labor camps. When his workers began to be taken away, Schindler used his skills in bribery and persuasiveness to convince the SS officers that they were needed for the war efforts and was able to keep them all safe. When word came that his factory was going to be shut down, Oskar persuaded (with the assistance of a bribe) Amon Goeth to let him move his factory along with his workers to Czechoslovakia where they could continue to help supply Hitler's Army with necessary supplies. He was told to make a list of names of who he was going to bring with him, a list consisting of almost twelve hundred names who he would save (not getting on the list meant certain death). They relocated to Czechoslovakia where everyone one his workers remained unharmed until the end of war.
This clip is taken from the movie Schindler's List, a movie that describes who Oskar Schindler was and the struggles he went through to save the lives of his Jewish workers. In this clip it shows how Oskar Schindler had to handpick each and every Jew he was going to take with him to the new factory in Czechoslovakia. For each Jew he selected, Schindler would have to pay a bribe as well as a fee for transportation. He wanted to save as many Jews as he could without going bankrupt. If someone could not be taken along, it meant they would be carted out to a concentration camp where impending death would seek them out and haunt them daily. In other words, that was the list of life.
This is a photograph of Eva Levi and her granddaughter Anne. Eva is the youngest Holocaust survivor at 76 years old and she owes her life to the hero, Oskar Schindler. At the age of 8, Eva and her mother made it onto Schindler's List but in the relocation to Czechoslovakia, along with other woman and children, accidently got sent to Auschwitz, the famous death camp. After a horrific four weeks at the camp, Schindler himself came to get them and take them back to his factory. The Nazi's were mad because children were not much help in a factory but once again, he used his cunning swiftness to convince them that she was specially trained at something only a child's hands could accomplish. This hero allowed her to have a life of her own, he gave her the chance to fall in love and have children, even eventually, grandchildren. Many people owe their lives to this great man, more than just those on his list, without him the children of the list occupants would never have come to be and the future generations would have ceased to exist.
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