The story of Oskar Schindler has been known to Jews for three generations — but it was revealed to the rest of the world comparatively late, more than four decades after the end of World War II.
There is no doubt that his actions resulted in the saving of the lives of 1, Jewish Holocaust prisoners.
What makes this story stand out among other nonviolent campaigns was the enormous and sustained risk he took for people with whom he had no immediate identification. Schindler, whose wife Emilie was a partner in this campaign, first made his mark by purchasing, from bankruptcy court, a factory that produced field kitchenware products.
The cost of the business venture was 50, Zlotys—the equivalent of 10, American dollars. Driven by success, Schindler made the deals, but behind the scenes he relied on his staff. Instead, the employees, who were all Holocaust prisoners that would commute from a nearby concentration camp, were addressed in a humanitarian manner.
Schindler first began by conversing with his workers as if he was one of their peers and not their superior.
Employees who conversed with Schindler found themselves on the receiving end of an extra order of soup ration the following day, ordered by Schindler. Upon hearing this, Schindler went to the German government and got permission to build a barracks on site of his factory so that his employees would not have to spend another day in the ghetto and more importantly, their lives would be preserved.
Throughout this political deception, if caught, Schindler risked imprisonment or worse, death. Schindler had been arrested on three different occasions, on suspicion of black market activities, but always managed to talk or bribe his way out of it.
Had his charm and wallet been unsuccessful, Schindler risked the safety and welfare of his workers in the factory. Inwhile the factory continued to produce goods essential to the war, Schindler received word that all camp in Krakow were being ordered to close.
This order also included the factory. The government agreed and Schindler returned back to Poland where he was able to get all of his employees on a list; a list that would prove to be life saving for the workers.
With the process of relocation completed, the factory resumed production. It was business as usual one day in when Schindler received word of two abandoned cattle cars carrying Jewish prisoners, prisoners who were malnourished having not eaten or drank anything for ten days.
Without hesitation, both he and his wife hurried over to the abandoned cars and heroically the couple was able to save of the disregarded prisoners. The prisoners were brought to the factory, but would never work a single shift in their lives.
Additionally, Schindler purchased a plot of land nearby so that the ones who perished could have a proper burial. In May ofSchindler proudly stood up on the factory floor and announced to his staff that the war was over and they were all free to go.
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Oskar Schindler () was born in Svitavy (Zwittau), Moravia, then a province of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. An ethnic German and a Catholic, during World War II Schindler rescued close to Jews from deportation to Auschwitz.