Oskar Schindler

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When Oskar Schindler was asked why he saved over 1,200 Jews, he says “If you saw a dog going to be crushed under a car, wouldn’t you help him”. He went from being a selfish, greedy player to a savior for the Jewish people. In the end, he did what most Germans wouldn’t do, and that’s saving a large portion of a race that was discriminated against during this time. Oskar Schindler was born on April 28, 1908 in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary. He grew up wealthy and happy in one of the worst environments of this time. In the book Oskar Schindler: Righteous Gentile, it reads “He was known as a carefree party lover and future business man” This tells you that the people around him knew he was a handful, but had a great future ahead of him because of his family. As a child to his teenage years, Oskar didn’t really make good decisions mainly because of his wealth. In an article it reads, “He was born catholic, but from an early age je inhabited a world of sin” (Pottinger, article). This tells that he had good teachings but at an early age was exposed to the bad parts of the world. Oskar had to work many jobs due to the great depression. In an article it says, “never one to miss a chance to make money, he marched into Poland on the heels of the S.S.” (Pottinger, article). This explains that Oskar made money anyway he could, even if it meant illegally. The depression also opened more opportunities for Oskar also. In the article “Oskar Schindler: 1908-1974”, it says “He has presided or the demise of the family business and became a salesman when opportunity came knocking in the guise of the war “. It shows that when Oskar’s family businessman went bankrupt, he became a businessman to make profit off the war. Consequently, Oskar worked a lot of jobs because of the hardships faced during the war.

During the time of Oskar’s life Germany was changing rapidly. In 1933 Hitler and the Nazis came to power and made plans to change Germany. An article says...
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