Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the light of Shabbat.
Why, that is Oskar Schindler!
Who is that man?
68,000 members of the Jewish faith lived in Krakow, Poland. They have lived there since the 13th century.
In 1939, with the invasion of Nazi Germany, Polish Jews were required to register their names and those twelve years and older were forced to be identified by wearing the Star of David. A symbol of the Jewish faith.
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Welcome to the Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik. Here you will receive food and protection.
In March 1941, in an attempt to create pure German neighborhoods, the Krakow ghetto was established. Polish Jews were forced to live in overcrowded conditions with very little food. Movement in and out of the ghetto was not allowed.
Oskar, you are willing to pay for 1,200 Jews?
They are essential workers and I need them in my munitions factory in Brunnlitz.
During this time, Oskar Schindler, a known war profiteer, arrived in Krakow with the goal to make money off of the relocation of Polish Jews. His plan was to make himself known to high ranking members of the Nazi Party to further is goal.
Schindler, with the backing of the Nazi Party, opened the Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik (German Enamelware Factory) that made pots and pans for the German military. Hundreds of Jews were moved to Plaszow Work Camp. Working closely with his Jewish accountant, Itzhak Stern, Oskar Schindler grew to respect and sympathize with his workers.
Oskar Schindler knew that if his workers were transferred to Auschwitz, if they were not worked to death, they would most likely die in the gas chamber. He had to do think of something. He did just that. He convinced Amon Goeth, the Commandant in charge to sell Schindler his Jewish workers.