Oskar Schindler. By: Haneen Hussein (me!). Who was he? ₁. Oskar Schindler was a Catholic, German who was born on April 28, 1908 He comes from a poor family, but eventually worked his way up and became rich when he was older
By: Haneen Hussein (me!)
Leon Leyson was a Jew who was put into a concentration camp with the rest of his family as well. He was telling his story at the University of Chicago. He recalls the memory of Oskar Schindler and how he used to come to the camp and talk to the other Jews. He said that when you talked to Schindler you saw a “spark of humanity”. He says his name and his mothers name were on Schindler’s List, but were removed for a while. He told the story of his mother, he said she was waiting outside of the gas chamber and then was pulled out of line. She was told that she was part of the
300 women that were going to Schindler’s factory. Leon recalls the experience and he said, “In the darkness of all Europe, there was a little light named Schindler.”
He was a Jewish man who was sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz and has been there for a while, and he still wears the number that was printed on his arm. He said that “the horror of the time is engraved forever” in his memory and that “the memories will haunt him for the rest of his life”. He calls himself a survivor, but to him survivor can have different definitions based on the circumstances it is said. To him a “survivor” from the holocaust means that they survived physically, but are still emotionally/mentally imprisoned in the memories and horrors. He begins telling his story by comparing Schindler to a parent who tells his children to stay calm and trust them. He said Schindler walked up to him and said, “Don’t be afraid, who ever works for me will
survive the war.” He said Schindler was “a shining star” and “a spark of hope”. He also said that Schindler “became a god-like figure for those of us who were lucky enough to be in his care”.
He said that Schindler helped 300 Jewish women and 800 Jewish men from concentrations camps. He told the story of how Schindler risked his life multiple times to help the Jews. One day Schindler was arrested and put into prison for a couple of days. When he came out he realized that the 300 women were taken to the camps. Sam said that Schindler automatically went to the camps and brought back all the 300 women and made sure they were safe. Schindler aslo made sure to give every Jew a weapon for self-defense before he let them out.