Oskar Schindler Research Paper

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Oskar Schindler At one time in his life, Oskar Schindler was a German businessman who made a fortune doing whatever it took to make a profit. He was greedy and ruthless and didn’t always do things the right way, but he always achieved whatever he set out to do. It was that same determination that drove him to succeed in saving over 1,000 Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Schindler was born on April 28, 1908 in Svitavy, Moravia, which today is located in the Czech Republic (Gordeeva). He was raised in a middle-class Catholic family in a region called Sudetenland. His father owned a farm-machinery plant and Oskar attended a German grammar school and studied engineering to prepare him to take over the family business and follow in his father’s footsteps (Vashem). Due to the poor state of the economy, and as a result of Oskar Schindler’s carefree lifestyle, the family business was lost to bankruptcy (Gordeeva; Karesh). Always looking for an opportunity to make money, he began supporting the Nazi Party and developed relationships with key Nazi officers (Karesh). These relationships enabled him to take advantage of the German occupation program to “’Aryanize’ and ‘Germanize’ Jewish-owned and Polish-owned business…” (Crowe). In 1939 he secured a run down, bankrupt enamel factory, which he named Emalia, and was provided with Jews to serve as slave labor (Crowe; Karesh). Through his ability to charm and manipulate people, and through his various connections, he was awarded numerous contracts to supply the German military with pots and pans and kitchen accessories manufactured by his factory, and his business became extremely profitable (Vashem). It was during this time that he began to realize the seriousness of the situation and the grave danger his Jewish workers would probably be facing. He began to truly care about
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