story of one remarkable man who outwitted the Nazis to save more Jews
from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II.
Oskar Schindler surfaced from the chaos of madness, spent millions
bribing and paying off the SS men and eventually risked his life to
rescue the Schindler-Jews in the shadow of Auschwitz. Today his name is
known to millions as a household word for courage in a world of
brutality - the flawed hero who saved hundreds of Jews from Hitler's
death camps. A saint walking through hell.
No one will ever know exactly what made this complex man do what no German had the courage to do. A large part of the fascination of Schindler is that not even those who admire him most can figure out his motives. But Oskar Schindler rose to the highest level of humanity and gave his Jews a second chance at life. He earned the everlasting gratitude of his Schindler Jews. No matter why, no matter that he was an alcoholic and a shameless womanisor of the worst sort - what matters to his Jews is that he surfaced from the chaos of madness and risked everything for them.
To more than 1200 Jews Schindler was all that stood between them and death at the hands of the Nazis. But he remained true to his Jews, the workers he referred to as my children. In the shadow of Auschwitz he kept the SS out and everyone alive. Today there are 7,000 descendants of Schindler's Jews living in US and Europe, many in Israel. Before the Second World War, the Jewish population of Poland was 3.5 million. Today there are between 3,000 and 4,000 left.
Schindler Jews are sharing memories of their unlikely savior - stories to bear witness to goodness, love and compassion. To serve as eulogy to the millions with a yellow star who lived and died during the dark years of the Nazi genocide.
Generations will remember Oskar Schindler for what he did ..
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