Schindler’s Original List Said Found
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ An original list of Jewish employees drawn up by Oskar Schindler to save them from Nazi death camps has been discovered in a suitcase full of papers left to a German couple, a newspaper reported Friday.
The Stuttgart couple, relatives of close friends of Schindler, found the list of 1,200 workers among the papers, which deal mainly with his life after World War II. The papers were donated to the newspaper, the Stuttgarter Zeitung.
They include a speech Schindler gave on May 8, 1945, as the war ended. In it, he urged the Jews who worked for him not to pursue revenge attacks, said the paper’s editor in chief, Uwe Vorkoetter.
Schindler apparently drew up several versions of the list, said Mordechai Paldiel of Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. The German magnate’s story was the basis of the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie ``Schindler’s List.″
Schindler wrote the names of 1,200 Jews at the Plaszow concentration camp and gave it to the Nazi SS, saying the people on the list were needed for employment at his factory in Krakow, Poland, said Paldiel. He added fictitious jobs for each worker to convince Nazi officials that they were vital to the war effort and should live.
One copy presumably was saved in SS archives, and Schindler may also have kept a copy, said Paldiel, who heads the department at Yad Vashem that researches and honors Gentiles who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
Another original version of the list is kept at Yad Vashem and was created a month before the war ended.
The list obtained by the Stuttgarter Zeitung is on letterhead for Schindler’s enamel wears factory.
The newspaper has researched the material to produce a series of reports called ``Schindler’s Suitcase,″ which it will publish beginning Sunday, the 25th anniversary of Schindler’s death.
The suitcase was found by the Stuttgart couple at a relative’s house in Hildersheim, Lower Saxony, the newspaper said. A former neighbor of Schindler’s in Frankfurt, Dieter Trautwein, confirmed Friday that Schindler spent the last months of his life in Hildersheim with friends after becoming ill.
Trautwein, who first met Schindler in 1967, said there are many previously discovered documents relating to Schindler, and he doubted the suitcase’s contents would drastically change the known story of the former factory owner.
``I think there will be some details. I can’t see that there will be a completely changed view of his life,″ he said.
Schindler was buried in Jerusalem at his own request.