Oskar Schindler was part of the Nazi Party and is credited for saving the lives of almost 1200 Jews during the Holocaust. He risked his life in order to save these Jews from torture at death camps under the control of Hitler. With bribery efforts and certain connections, Schindler managed to get away with protecting his workers.
Schindler was born on April 28, 1908 in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary. He grew up in a very wealthy family. His parents some of the richest people in the town of Zwittau. Because Schindler was all about making profit, he decided to start working for his dad. On March 6, 1928, Schindler married Emilie Pelzl at age nineteen. Emilie was very brave and stood by Oskar’s side throughout the horrors of the Holocaust. Shortly…show more content… The bribes worked for awhile, but in the summer of 1944, Schindler heard news that his factory was to be shut down.The news was overwhelming for Schindler, and before he knew it, deportations of his workers were beginning. He knew he couldn’t stand by and let this happen so he went to the Gestapo, quickly trying to make a compromise. With Schindler’s connections and use of bribery, he was able to open his own “subcamp” within his factory. He made a list of all his workers to give to the Gestapo so that they wouldn’t send them to death camps. The list contained around twelve hundred names.
Finally the day came that everyone had been waiting for. On may 8, 1945, the war came to an end after Germany surrendered to the Allies. He gathered all of his workers that night to share the good news. He asked them to not seek revenge for the horrors that had been done to them. His workers gave him a ring with the verse “He who saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world” inscribed in it to show how thankful they were. Schindler waited until he was positive that his workers were clear of danger to leave the factory and return to his old