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Monday, October 25, 1999

Schindler's daughter says discovered documents should go to Yad Vashem

STUTTGART, Germany - A daughter of Oskar Schindler says a stack of recently discovered documents should be given to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and not to his widow as she has demanded, a newspaper reported.

In an article published yesterday, Stuttgarter Nachrichten said the illegitimate daughter's identity was verified by witnesses and records of alimony payments to her mother from Schindler. The paper did not give the woman's name.

Schindler saved the lives of 1,200 Jews working at his factory during World War II by convincing the Nazi SS that the Jews were crucial to the German war effort.

A suitcase full of Schindler's papers, dealing mostly with his life after World War II, was found by a Stuttgart couple and made public by the Stuttgarter Zeitung this month.

Schindler's widow Emilie Schindler, now living in Argentina, has said that she plans to travel to Germany to claim the documents as their rightful owner. But the daughter said they should be given to Yad Vashem, as the newspaper has said it plans to do.

"I don't think that (Schindler) left the suitcase with the condition that it be given later to Emilie Schindler," the 64-year-old daughter told the paper.

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