that List after all
Letters Reveal Fears
Germany (AP) --
Oskar Schindler wrote in letters
that were found in a friend's suitcase
that he feared a resurgence of
anti-Semitism in Germany after World War
II, a newspaper reported Sunday, the 25th
anniversary of his death.
But a list,
also found in the case, was
not the original
list of Jews Schindler named to work in
his factory, an expert said Sunday at
Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad
Vashem, in Jerusalem.
The newspaper, Stuttgarter Zeitung,
reported that the list was the original,
in which Schindler named 1,200 people at
the Plaszow concentration camp for
employment at his factory in Krakow,
southern Poland. He gave that list to the
However Mordechai Paldiel,
director of the memorial's department that
researches and honors Gentiles who saved
Jews in the Holocaust, said the list was
"not really a discovery," based on what he
had seen from the newspaper's
the list in the paper looked like a
carbon copy typed at the same time the
one at the memorial was typed. But he
said he still wanted to see it to be
A second list, the one that appears in
Steven Spielberg's 1993 film
"Schindler's List," was created a month
before the war ended. Schindler made that
list with fictitious jobs for each worker
to convince the SS that they were vital to
the war effort, saving them from
near-certain death in concentration camps.
Yad Vashem has a copy of that list.
The newspaper obtained the so-called
original list and the other documents from
a Stuttgart couple, relatives of close
friends of Schindler, who found the
suitcase containing the papers.
Stuttgarter Zeitung said it planned to
give the suitcase to Yad Vashem.
Paldiel said some of the documents
could explain more about how Schindler was
able to save the Jews in his factory.
In the suitcase were also letters sent
to and from Schindler in the 1940s, '50s
Schindler was involved with the
de-Nazification effort after the war, and
was threatened for having turned in former
Nazis. In a 1948 letter, Schindler warned
of a new anti-Semitism developing in
Germany, the paper reported.
"This anti-Semitism is today more
strongly felt than in the time before the
war," he wrote.
Schindler claims the suitcase