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Oskar Schindler

Industrialist Oskar Schindler

Profession: Industrialist

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: German industrialist, German spy, and member of the Nazi party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, located in what is now Poland and the Czech Republic.

His story became famous through the historic novel "Schindler's List" published by Thomas Keneally in 1982 and by the film of the book made by director Steven Spielberg. The film starred Liam Neeson and won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1993.

Born: April 28, 1908
Birthplace: Zwittau, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: October 9, 1974 (aged 66)

Married Life

  • 1928-03-06 Industrialist Oskar Schindler (19) weds Emilie Schindler (20) in Svitavy, Czech Republic

Events in the Life of Oskar Schindler

  • 1943-03-13 Nazis liquidate the Jewish ghetto in Kraków; Oskar Schindler with advance information, saves his workers by keeping them in his factory overnight
  • 1962-05-08 Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie Schindler are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem

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