was a bon vivant, a member of the Nazi party and a shameless
womanisor of the worst sort - and at the same time one of the
greatest, if not the greatest, humane figure in the Holocaust. During World War 2 he
continually risked his life to protect and save his Jewish workers. He
desperately spent every penny he had bribing and paying off the Nazis to
get food and better treatment for his Jews.
Millions of Jews died in death camps like Auschwitz - but Schindler's Jews
Schindler joined The German military intelligence, Abwehr, headed by
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, in the autumn 1938. Schindler was charged with
setting up spy network among the three million Germans of the Sudetenland
region for the Abwehr, but the then Czechoslovak authorities were quick to
identify Schindler as a spy. He was arrested and imprisoned for a month in
1938 shortly before Hitler's annexation of Sudetenland.
According to David M. Crowe, Holocaust historian and professor at Elon
University, whose book, "Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His
Life, Wartime Activities and the True Story Behind the List," was
published 2004, Czech secret police
archives refer to Schindler as "a spy of big caliber and an
especially dangerous type."
As a salesman, Schindler traveled to southern Poland and reported to
Abwehr regarding points of military importance. His affiliation
with Abwehr excused him from military service.
Schindler was highly esteemed by Admiral Canaris - a
fact that was to play a decisive role later in the war for Schindler, when
he needed all his contacts to save his