The former factory of Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), a German businessman and spy who saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews during World War II in the Czech town of Brnenec, and the land of the former adjacent concentration camp, Converted into a new memorial of the Holocaust.
This is reported by the Czech daily Pravo, according to which a foundation has already purchased the land in the center-east of the country, where in 1944 Schindler moved his enamel and ammunition factory in Krakow.
The founder and director of The Endowment Fund Memorial of Shoah and Oskar Schindler, Jaroslav Novak, explains to the newspaper that it already has the support of the local authorities but is still looking for ways to finance the project, which aims to rebuild the whole complex, Including the control towers and the field in which factory workers had been held.
According to a biography of US historian David M. Crowe, Schindler, famous for Steven Spielberg’s hit film “Schindler’s List,” was “a gold-hearted opportunist” who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during National Socialism.
Thanks to his good contacts with the Nazi authorities in Cracow, he acquired the Deutsche Email Warrenfabrik, called “Emalia”, which had been owned by a Jew and then transferred to Brnenec with the hundreds of Jewish workers he employed and thus saved from being deported to The Nazi extermination camps.