Who would have thought that Oskar Schindler’s story would have got Steven Spielberg an Oscar or that his name would one day be honored in a memorial garden in Jerusalem?
He was expelled from school for fraud, was arrested for public drunkenness, imprisoned for espionage, unfaithful to his wife, and chronically indebted.
But through his extraordinary initiative and tenacity Schindler, the charismatic opportunist, saved 1,200 Jews in World War II. By putting his own life at risk and bribing his fortune away he saved many from the gas chambers. And although Schindler ended his days alone and broke, he never looked back.
History sometimes repeats itself in the most alarming of ways. When neo–Nazis chant “Jews go home” in the streets of Paris and kids make the reverse Nazi salute for fun in school playgrounds how can we remain silent? If out of human compassion alone Schindler stood up single-handedly against the evil of anti-Semitism, we Christians have even more reason to do so. For who else will stand today for the God of Israel and His beloved people the Jews?
“Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.” (Talmud)
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