A copy of “Schindler’s List“, a document used by the German industrialist Oskar Schindler to save hundreds of Jews from death in Nazi concentration camps, has been offered for sale by American auction house “Moments in Time”.
A representative of the auction house, Gary Zimet, expressed his expectation that the document will fetch $2,4 million.
According to him, this rarity is a carbon copy of the original given to the Nazis. Originally it was the property of Itzhak Stern’s nephew. Stern, who died in 1969, was Schindler’s accountant and the man who typed the lists.
“I was flabbergasted when I first handled it,” Zimet said, predicting that interest from potential buyers would be “extraordinary”.
The list is made on 14 pages, dated on 18 April 1945, and contains names of 801 male Jews at Schindler’s factory in occupied Czechoslovakia, who had been transported from the Nazi concentration camp at Plaszòw in German-occupied Poland.
Schindler’s venture was first described by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally in 1982 in his novel “Schindler’s Ark” which was later adapted into the highly successful movie Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg. Some scenes from this wrenching drama about the Holocaust, which won seven “Oscar” and received many prestigious global awards were filmed in Brněnec were Schindler’s factories were located.