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Oskar Schindler

Geburtstag: 28. April 1908
Todesdatum: 9. Oktober 1974

Oskar Schindler war ein deutschmährischer Unternehmer, der während des Zweiten Weltkrieges gemeinsam mit seiner Frau etwa 1200 bei ihm angestellte jüdische Zwangsarbeiter vor der Ermordung in den Vernichtungslagern der Nationalsozialisten bewahrte.

Photo: Unknown author, Yad Vashem / Public domain

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„Now you are finally with me, you are safe now. Don't be afraid of anything. You don't have to worry anymore.“

—  Oskar Schindler

Greeting 300 of his women workers he had saved from Auschwitz, on their return to his factory, as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow

„The persecution of Jews in occupied Poland meant that we could see horror emerging gradually in many ways.“

—  Oskar Schindler

Interview at Am Hauptbahn No. 4 in Frankfurt Am Main, West Germany (1964), quoted in The Oscar Schindler Story (2012) http://www.auschwitz.dk/id2.htm.
Kontext: 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.

„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.“

—  Oskar Schindler

On his metamorphosis from a Nazi party member to a savior of Jews in witnessing the genocidal practices of the "Final Solution", as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow http://www.auschwitz.dk/why/why.htm

„Beyond this day, no thinking person could fail to see what would happen.“

—  Oskar Schindler

After witnessing a day of Nazi roundups of Jews in Krakow, as quoted in Schindler's List (1982) by Thomas Keneally, Ch. 15. <!-- also in Courage to Care (1992) by the Jewish Museum of Australia -->
Kontext: Beyond this day, no thinking person could fail to see what would happen. I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.

„There was no choice. If you saw a dog going to be crushed under a car, wouldn't you help him?“

—  Oskar Schindler

To Poldek Pfefferberg, in response to the question of why he risked so much, as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow.

„What is there to say? They are my friends. I would do it again, over and over — for I hate cruelty and intolerance.“

—  Oskar Schindler

Remark in 1972, as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow.

„I knew the people who worked for me. When you know people, you have to behave towards them like human beings.“

—  Oskar Schindler

Response in 1965, to Moshe Bejski, one of the Schindlerjuden, who later a became a justice on the Supreme Court of Israel and president of the Commission to honor the Righteous Among the Nations, as quoted in "Schindler : Why did he do it?" (2010) by Louis Bülow http://www.auschwitz.dk/why/why.htm.

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