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WWII Research Paper:
Oskar Shindler

During a very dark time in history, during World War II, Oskar Schindler saved

the lives of thousands of Jews by employing them in his factories, he had little to gain

and everything to lose by saving these Jews but he was a courageous individual who did

the right thing when others wouldn’t.

Oskar Schindler was and opportunist and a businessman. He was one of many

who sought to make a profit from the German invasion of Poland. He gained ownership

of an enamelware factory and he employed around 1,000 Jews, At first he was only

motivated by money, Jewish labor was extremely cheap, but it later turned into him

helping and shielding his workers without regards of the cost. Oskar would claim to SS

officers that unskilled workers were essential to his factory even though they were not.

Under his employment his workers were treated with somewhat respect and were never

beaten, let alone killed. The special status of his factory also became a big factor in his

efforts to help save his workers from the work and death camps. When his workers were

threatened with deportation to these camps, he would simply claim exemptions for them,

stating that even women, children and handicapped persons were necessary for his

workforce.

Schindler’s Jewish workers weren’t just things to him, they were human beings

and he used all his skills to help protect them. He called them his Schindlerjuden,

(Schindler’s Jews) and he often got them out of very difficult situations. After he

witnessed the 1942 raid on the Krakow Ghetto, where he was appalled to see many of his

Jewish workers being murdered, he began to work increasingly hard to help protect his

workers. One-account states that two Gestapo men came to Schindler demanding he give

up a family who he had forged identify papers for. After three hours, some drinking and

his charm the two Gestapo men left without the family or the...
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