millions of Jews died in the Nazi death
camps, but Oscar
Schindler's Jews miraculously survived. To more than 1200 Jews Oscar
Schindler was all that stood between them and death at the hands of the
SS. But he remained true to his Jews, the workers he referred to as my
children. In the shadow of Auschwitz he kept the Nazis out and
Today there are more than 7,000 descendants of Oscar Schindler's Jews living in US and Europe, and many in Israel. Before World War 2, the Jewish population of Poland was 3.5 million. Today there are between 3,000 and 4,000 left.
Oscar Schindler spent millions to protect and save his Schindler Jews, everything he possessed - he died penniless. But he earned the everlasting gratitude of his "children". Now his name is known as a household word for courage - a hero who saved 1200 Jews from Adolf Hitler's gas chambers.
In a 1964 interview, standing in front of his dingy apartment Am Hauptbahn No. 4 in
Frankfurt Am Main, West Germany, Oscar Schindler for once commented on what he did:
"The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways. In 1939, they were forced to wear Jewish stars, and people were herded and shut up into ghettos. Then, in the years '41 and '42 there was plenty of public evidence of pure sadism. With people behaving like pigs, I felt the Jews were being destroyed. I had to help them. There was no choice."
asked, Schindler told that his metamorphosis during the war was sparked
by the shocking immensity of the Final Solution. In his own words:
"I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I
just couldn't stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could,
what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That's all there
is to it. Really, nothing more."