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SCHINDLER, OSKAR (1908-1974).

German businessman who worked for the Nazis during World War II in Poland, where he used Jewish slave labor. He seized upon the idea of preserving the lives of his Jewish workers by arguing that they were vital for the war effort. In this manner he ultimately saved the lives of some 1,200 Jews. Yad Va-shem honored him as a Righteous among the Nations. He is the subject of Steven Spielberg’s widely acclaimed film Schindler’s List.

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