Sunday, 8 May 2016

What did the Germans with Oscar Schindler ?

In the history of the Holocaust a person stands out as having saved hundreds of Jews and been ruined by it. It is Oscar Schindler, to whose popularity has contributed  the film "Schindler's List" by Spielberg.


Oscar Schindler settled down in at little apartment Am Hauptbahn Nr. 4 in Frankfurt Am Main in West Germany and tried - again with help from the Jewish organization - to establish a cement factory. This was not a success either, and it went bankrupt in 1961. In 1962, after Oscar Schindler was honored by Israel as a Righteous Gentile, his business partner in Germany canceled the partnership saying, ' ... now it is clear that you are a friend of Jews and I will not work together with you any more ...'

 When  he died he was buried in a Catholic cemetery in Israel,his funeral was attended by more than 400 Jews saved by him and their families.
 But how he was treated by Germany?

 Schindler`s clear indictment of German war criminals in the trials after the war nourished the hatred that many in Germany felt for him

 After the war, he lived in Frankfurt, he was jeered and pelted with stones. In 1963, he punched a factory worker who called hin a "Jew-kisser", and the man lodged a charge of assault. Tha German local judge lectured Schindler and then ordered mim to pay damages".(1)
 In Frankfurt also he was often hissed at in the streets as a traitor to his "race". "Too bad you didn't burn with the Jews!" a group of workmen shouted
 "I would kill myself," Schindler wrote to one of the Schindlerjuden, "if it wouldn't give them so much satisfaction."

For the rest of his life he spent several months of each year with the survivors that treat him much better than their compatriots.

After knowing this, do you really think the Germans are sorry for something?. Just regret having lost the war but not, mostly, repenting of their heinous crimes, and we are talking about the reactions of German common people, workers, not senior leaders of the Nazi party.. These anecdotes, hidden in the official historiography, are illuminating the German character.

(1) Conscience and Courage . Eva Fogelman. New York 1994 ( Page 291) 

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