9th October
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1974 Oskar Schindler Dies, Age 66

Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, ran an enamel-works factory in Krakow. He is credited with saving 1200 lives in the Holocaust.

During the German occupation of Poland, he employed workers from the Jewish ghettos. When the ghetto was 'cleared' by the Germans, he initially succeeded in saving some of his workers by getting them transferred to the, safer, Plaszow labor camp.

When the German's began transferring those in Plaszow to Auschwitz, Shindler bribed German officials to allow him to use them in his factory in the relatively safer Czechoslovakia.

Schindler would be honored by Israel in 1962 when he was given the title 'Righteous Gentile'. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Mount Zion.

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