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Oskar Schindler Before the outbreak of war Poland had been a relative haven for European JewsJewish population numbered over 50000 But when Germany invaded destruction began immediately and it was merciless Jews were herded into crowded randomly beaten and humiliated capriciously killed Jewish property and businesses were summarily destroyed or appropriated by the SS and sold to Nazi investors one of whom was Oskar Schindler An ethnic German from what is now Moravia in the Czech Republic Schindler grew up with all the privileges money could buy He was born Catholic but from an early age he inhabited a world of sin His exploits with women are the stuff of barroom legend He married Emilie Schindler at nineteen but was never without a mistress or two He had presided over the demise of his family business and become a salesman when opportunity came knocking in the middle of the war He was never one to miss a chance to make money he marched into Poland on the heels of the SS He went into the black-market and the underworld and soon made friends with the local Gestapo bigwigs softening them up with women money and illicit booze His newfound connections helped him acquire a factory which he ran with the cheapest labor around Jewish At first he seemed like every other usurping German industrialist driven by profit and unmoved by the means of his profiteering He succeeded in his quest for riches but by the end of the war he had spent everything he made on keeping 1300 Jewish men and women alive Not long after acquiring his Emalia factorywhich produced enamel goods and munitions to supply the German frontthe removal of Jews to death camps began in earnest Schindlers Jewish accountant put him in touch with the few Jews with any remaining wealth They invested in his factory and in return they would be able to work there and perhaps be spared He
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