OSKAR SCHINDLER

Through this article we will highlight the figure of a man who saved the lives of a lot of people during the period of Nazism. As we know Hitler and his followers according to their anti-semitic theory of  the Aryan supremacy claimed that the German race was superior to all other races, so they  began to persecute all those who were not Germans especially Jews, because they were regarded  as thieves, murderers and monsters and such as they had to die. A lot of Jewish people  were taken to concentration camps and treated like slaves,with the excuse of giving them a job they were subjected to all kind of physical pains and then killed. Oskar Schindler was a wealthy  industrialist and a factory owner. He  joined the Sudeten German Party in 1935 and in 1936 he became a spy for the Abwehr, the Nazi secret services. Schindler convinced the Nazi Party that he needed Jewish labour for his factory, sometimes giving money to it to allow this, but in this way he saved more than a thousand people bringing them to his factory from the concentration camps, putting his life in danger too. He drew up a list of the people he saved. In 1993 Steven Spielberg directed the famous film “Schindler’s List” where he told the true story of this man and his commitment to save over a thousand Jews from the extermination of World War II. After the end of the War, Oskar tried to resume the profession of entrepreneur, but without success and so he risked going bankrupt. He spent the last years of his life moving between Germany and Israel. He died on 9 October 1974 due to an illness. In 1993 Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel awarded him the title of “RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS”

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Miriam Galati Pricchia

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