Oskar Schindler was not a perfect man, but he will be remembered for his selfless service to the Jews he saved during the Nazi Holocaust. Before the war, Schindler was a womanizer and a poor businessman. He joined the Nazi party in Czechoslovakia before the Nazi invasion, and followed the Nazis into Poland, hoping to capitalize on the war. He took over an enamelware factory in Krakow, adjacent to the Jewish Ghetto, and there he employed Jews as a source of cheap labor. As time moved on, Schindler realized the horrific conditions in the Krakow ghetto and the massive deportations and killings going on. Through bribery and his connections, Schindler was able to preserve the lives of his Jewish workers. When the Plaszow concentration camp in Krakow was liquidated, he composed the “Schindler's List” with the names of his Jews that were to be transferred to a new factory in Bruennlitz. All of these Jews survived the war and honor Schindler as their savior during this dark time in history
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