Schindler's list

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Pour Paul Marco, en guise de clin d'œil amical
Oskar Schindler was born in 1908. Raised a Catholic, Schindler was a German industrialist who had a lucrative factory in Poland. He hired many Jews from the ghetto because they were cheap labor.

When he saws Jews being sent to death camps, Schindler found ways to protect his workers using, as one of his biographers describes, “bribery, black marketing and lies.”

As the liquidation of Jews escalated in 1944, Schindler (to protect his people) transferred his entire workforce to Czechoslovakia, giving the Nazis his famous “list” of workers who were needed to produce goods, supposedly for the German war effort. He spent his entire saving to keep this bogus operation going until the war ended.

In his book, All Saints, author Robert Ellsberg notes that “no one, least of all Schindler’s Jews, doubt that what he did was unqualified good. But no one is quite sure why he did it.

His Catholic upbringing is no explanation; he never seems to have had any religion impulse. He was an opportunist and profiteer, a gambler, a drinker, and a faithless husband... Still, the mystery remains.”

Oskar Schindler is bured at Mount Zion in Jérusalem.

On his tomb we can read : "He who saves a single soul, saves the world entire"

 
            Gérard LEROY, 13th november 2010