Oskar Schindler

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Immortalised by Thomas Keneally's book, Schindler's Ark, and then later in the massively successful Spielberg film Schindler's List, Oskar Schindler is a name synonymous with Kraków. A hard-drinking, war-profiteering playboy, Schindler does not fit the standard mould for a hero, though neither was he a stereotypical Nazi. Credited with saving 1,200 Jews his actions continue to serve as an example and inspiration, and stand as one of the most heartening stories of the Holocaust.

Early Years

Born on April 28, 1908 in what is now the town of Svitavy in the Czech Republic, Schindler enjoyed a privileged upbringing and was childhood friends with the Jewish family residing next door. The 1930s economic crisis saw his family's firm slide into bankruptcy, and like so many disaffected Germans he signed up with the Nazi party.


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