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Oral history interview with Emilie Schindler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.22 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0022

Emilie Schindler describes her first impressions of Oskar Schindler in 1927; their early married life in Sudetenland; Schindler's work for Abwehr; his arrest and release upon German invasion of Sudetenland in 1938; Schindler's motives for joining the Nazi party; details of Schindler's intelligence work; reasons for his move to Krakow and taking over enamel works; his continued links with Abwehr; the approach to Schindler made by Doctor Sedlacek of the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in 1942; life in Krakow, Poland; Oskar Schindler saving Jews by employing them; the necessity of bribing Amon Goeth and SS officials; socializing with the SS; Schindler's arrest and aiding his release; the decision to move to Brinnlitz and having the move arranged with authorities; Schindler's arrest on suspicion of complicity with Goeth; the SS inspection of Brinnlitz while Schindler was under arrest; the story of how Schindler secured the release of women from Auschwitz; details about Brinnlitz: conditions and work situation, Schindler's financial position, overcoming critical food shortages by trading vodka, supplying the SS garrison, and Jews stealing food; the story of a frozen train of Hungarian prisoners and nursing the survivors; refusing to cremate the Jewish dead; the SS search for black market cigarettes; leaving Brinnlitz in May 1945 accompanied by Marthe Scheuer; Oskar Schindler's love of life; reasons for the Schindlers helping Jews; Oskar Schindler's character; losing possessions while fleeing from Soviet troops; the effect of the escape on Oskar Schindler, the reasons for his post-war failure in Argentina, and his desertion of Emilie; and her attitude towards him.

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Emilie Schindler
Jon Blair
interview:  1983 May 18
Documentary films.
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-04-07 10:59:56
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