Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist. He was born on April 28, 1908 in Zwittau, Moravia. He belonged to a wealthy business family. He joined a pro-Na-zi party and began working as a spy. He worked in the Czech Army for about 18 months and then worked in a bank in Prague for 7 long years.
He was arrested for spying in 1938 and sentenced to death. He saved the lives of around 1,100 Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories. This protected them from murder and torture in concentration camps run by the Na-zis.
Quick Facts: –
- He used to be a prolific drinker before the Holocaust.
- Earlier he supported discrimination against Jews as he was a member of the Na-zi party.
- Initially he used to hide the Jew investors in the Krakow Enamel Factory he owned for money but later he started giving them shelter without money.
- Schindler actually bribed many Na-zi officials to secure his Jewish labours safety.
- He even went bankrupt in 1958 after spending millions on protection and safety of his employees.
- Schindler was arrested three times.
- Oskar Schindler was an opportunist businessman and a very unlikely candidate to become a wartime hero.
- Once his 300 female Jew workers were accidentally sent to a concentration camp but luckily were brought back safely.
- He died on 9 October 1974, Hildesheim, Germany.