Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

We all have heroes and role models in life. They may be our parents, siblings, neighbor, mentor, a celebrity, a singer, a dancer, a national hero, a philanthropist, a scientist, or a billionaire or a millionaire…. Mine I think could be one of the above – a millionaire and philanthropist who have saved thousands of people from death.

“He who saves a single life saves the world entire.”

This is a Talmudic verse quoted by a Schindlerjuden (Schindler’s Jews) and is inscribed in Hebrew in the inner circle of Oskar Schindler’s ring.

The ring, made of a rare quantity of gold includes the bridgework of a volunteer Jewish, who thinks that without Oskar, his teeth would be among the golden fangs of strangers in some SS warehouse. The ring is an offering by the Schindlerjuden during the night Oskar fled from the Russians.

Oskar Schindler inspite of his character flaws and inspite of the perception, that the Jews have helped Schindler to satisfy his rebelliousness against the system, is still a great man capable of a remarkable selflessness and compassion.

Schindler spent most of his fortune to bribe the SS and save about 1,100 Jews from Hitler’s systematic genocide. He kept, fed and protected his Schindlerjuden in his factory in the guise of employment. In a twist of faith, since the Jews were liberated in 1945, Schindler become a temporary fugitive himself, lost his wealth and have become dependent on his Schindlerjuden until his death in October 1974 and two weeks later in his burial at a cemetery in Jerusalem.

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