Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Oskar Schindler was an industrialist, spy, and Nazi Party member. He is credited with saving the lives of well-over a thousand Jewish people from dying in gas chambers during the Holocaust. He employed Jewish workers in his enamelware and ammunitions factories. His connections with Nazi officials, bribes, and gifts allowed him to keep his workers safe.
Oskar Schindler was born in 1908 in Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary, which is now Svitavy, Czech Republic. His father owned a farm machinery business where Oskar did work for a time. After primary and secondary school, he enrolled in a technical school and then took trade courses.
In 1928, he married Emilie Pelzl and moved in with his parents. After working for his father and in several jobs, he did 18 months in the Czech army. He then worked at Jaroslav Simek Bank in Prague from 1931 until 1938. In 1937, he had also became a spy for a Nazi German intelligence service. During this time he had a drinking problem and his activities led to multiple arrests. He became a member of the Nazi Party as well.
In 1939, Oskar signed a lease agreement for his enamelware factory. Several Jewish investors backed him financially. His connections helped him protect his Jewish workers from deportation and death. His initial greed led to the desire to save his workers regardless of cost. He and his wife eventually operated a camp that fed and housed his Jewish workers. Oskar was arrested multiple times due to black market activities and activities deemed suspicious.
Following scandals, ups, and downs, the Schindlers moved to Bavaria in Germany after the war in 1945. Oskar Schindler had spent most of his money on bribes and black-market purchases. He did receive some funds, however emigrated to Argentina in 1949. After a failed business venture, he moved back to Germany in 1958. He declared bankruptcy in 1963. Heart issues led to his death in 1974.
Oskar Schindler is buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, a tremendous honor for a former member of the Nazi Party. He had and has been honored and awarded multiple times. In 1982, a historical novel telling his story was published. Schindler’s List, the 1993 movie by Steven Spielberg, was made. Seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, were received for the movie.
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