... Miep and the other helpers could have been executed if they had been caught hiding Jews; howev…
Miep and the other helpers could have been executed if they had been caught hiding Jews; however, she was not arrested because the police officer who came to interrogate her was from Vienna, her birth-town. Apart from the shock and heartbreak for her friends, nothing happened to her.
After the Franks were arrested, Miep’s task continued. She climbed the attic stairs one more time to retrieve Anne’s writings, finding them scattered on the floor. Miep quickly gathered up the notebooks and kept them for Anne’s expected return after the war. When she learned of Anne’s death in Bergen-Belsen, Miep gave Otto Frank, his daughter’s notebooks. Ever since, Miep has mourned the cruel fate of her friends in the attic. “Every year on the fourth of August, I close the curtains of my home and do not answer the doorbell or the telephone,” she said. “It is the day that my Jewish friends were taken away to the death camps. I have never overcome that shock.”
a Righteous Gentile.
On January 11,
... Oskar Shindler
the unlikely hero
Oscar Schindler was born a German on April 28 …
Oscar Schindler was born a German on April 28 1908 in zwittau Austria Hungary. schindler grew up privileged to money, he was catholic but from an early age lived a world of sin. He married Emilie schindler at nineteen, though he was never without a mistress or shy to hard drinking or gambling, winning big and losing bigger. He wanted to make money and seemed like every other German industrialist; driven by profit and unmoved by the means of that.
When oskar was in Poland he quickly connected with some of the Gestapo members softening them up with women money and alcohol, his new found friends allowed him to acquire a factory which he ran with the cheapest labor around in that time, the Jewish.
Removal of Jews to death camps had only just begun, Schindlers accountant set him up with a few Jewish friends who still had some wealth remaining, they invested in his factory and in return they would work there in the hopes that they would be spared, he paid off German soldiers and listed all the Jewish work efforts as "essential", so they would allow them to stay in Krakow. Schindler was making money, all this Jews were fed and none were beaten.
By the autumn of 1944, Germany's hold on Poland had weakened. As the Russian army approached, the Nazi's tried desperately to complete their program of liquidation and sent all remaining Jews to die. But Schindler remained true to the “Schindlerjuden,” the workers he referred to as “my children.”
After the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto and the transfer of many Jews to the Plaszow concentration camp, Schindler used his influence to set up a branch of the camp for 900 Jewish workers in his factory in Zablocie and made his now famous list of the workers he would need for its operation and success.
When the war ended, Schindler fled to Argentina with his wife and a handful of his workers and bought a farm. In 1958, he left his land, his wife and his mistress to return to Germany. He spent the remaining years of his life dividing his time between Germany and Israel, where he was honored and taken care of by his “Schindlerjuden.”