The ideal heroes are gentlemen, save the lives of many, and always stand for good. Though Schindler was opposite to this, still, he was a hero. Oscar Schindler saved the lives of over 1100 Jews during world war II. The world comes to know about his work when documentaries and films celebrate his bravery. His work came in light when Steven Spielberg made a film on him in 1993 named Schindler’s List.
Schindler was just opposite to the image of a hero we see in movies. He was a German businessman who found opportunities to earn more during the war-time. He was a womanizer, and despite having a wife, he had affairs and also had the habit of excessive drinking. Despite all the flaws, history knows him as a hero, who miraculously saved the lives of 1,100 or more Jews. Let’s know more about this grey shaded real-life hero and his work.
Who Was Oskar Schindler?
Oskar Schindler was a German Businessman who joined the Nazi party. Schindler worked for German intelligence also which benefited him later. He acquired a factory in 1939 in Poland and became a Wartime profiteer, which is not the right term even now. In his business, he had more than 1,700 workers working for him out of the 1,100 were Jews. The Jews, working with Oscar, were known as Schindlerjuden (Schindler Jews).
It was the time when Nazis used to hate the Jews, and they were to collect information about them to reallocate them to labor camps. Oskar saved the lives of his workers in that tough time. Initially, Schindler hired the Jewish workers as they were cheap and available at less cost.
Life-Saving List Of Oskar
The daily interaction of Oskar changed his mind about the Jews, and he started to take more jews on board without giving much importance to their abilities. During early 1943 when the Nazis opened up Plaszow work camp, and they began to take Jewish to work there. That was the time when Oskar came into action. Amon Goth, the cruel commandant, was the in-charge of hiring Jews in Plaszow work camp.
Oskar Schindler had already worked for the German intelligence, so he used his tactics and contacts to cultivate a healthy relationship with Goth. At that time, Oscar used black market gifts and took the help of a bribe to have a friendly term with Goth and to save the lives of his workers.
In 1944, the order of sending the Jews to death camps was released. As Oscar’s factory had more than 1,100 of them, their lives were also in danger. It was the time when Schindler asked Goth to help him in reallocation for his factory to Brnĕnec, Sudetenland. He purposed to produce the war goods at a new place. So Oscar prepared a list of Jews workers that he would need to take with him for work. That’s how he took his Jewish workers to a new location and saved their lives.