Sydney, Sunday, October 7,
widow dies after stroke
EMILIE SCHINDLER, widow of Oskar
Schindler, made famous in the book
Schindler's Ark and the film
Schindler's List, has died in a
German hospital where she was being
treated after a stroke. She was 94.
Argentine writer Erika Rosenberg
said in Buenos Aires that Schindler had
died in Strausberg, near Berlin, after
having the stroke in July.
During World War II, the Czech-born German
Oskar Schindler and his wife saved 1,200
Jews from death in concentration camps by
giving them refuge as workers in
The story was told by Australian author
Thomas Keneally in the book
Steven Spielberg turned it into
a film in 1993, focusing on Oskar and
giving Emilie a small role, to which she
referred in her 1996 memoirs In
However, the woman who married Oskar
Schindler in 1928, after having known him
for six weeks, told the story differently.
She said she played a large part in saving
the Jewish workers, cooking for them and
caring for the sick.
But she said: "Neither my husband nor I
were heroes. We were simply what we could
Emilie was born in the German-speaking
Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia in
1907. She met her husband at the age of 20
on her father's farm in Alt Moletein as
Oskar was selling motors.
In 1942, Emilie followed her husband to
German-occupied Cracow, where he had
opened an enamel factory and was making a
fortune using cheap Jewish labour.
The couple later used that money to
save their workers, mostly through bribing
In 1949 the couple moved to Argentina,
but Oskar left his wife in 1957 and
returned to Germany alone.
He died in 1974.
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