Oskar Schindler

1908 - 1974

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Oskar Schindler (German: [ˈɔskaʁ ˈʃɪndlɐ] ; 28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974) was a German industrialist, humanitarian, and member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He is the subject of the 1982 novel Schindler's Ark and its 1993 film adaptation, Schindler's List, which reflected his life as an opportunist initially motivated by profit who came to show extraordinary initiative, tenacity, courage, and dedication in saving his Jewish employees' lives. Schindler grew up in Zwittau, Moravia, and worked in several trades until he joined the Abwehr, the military intelligence service of Nazi Germany, in 1936. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oskar Schindler has received more than 14,646,584 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Oskar Schindler is the 5th most popular businessperson (down from 4th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Czech Businessperson.

Oskar Schindler was a German businessman who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

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Among businesspeople, Oskar Schindler ranks 5 out of 847Before him are Cecil Rhodes, Howard Hughes, Bill Gates, and Pierre de Coubertin. After him are Ferruccio Lamborghini, Sepp Blatter, Larry Ellison, John D. Rockefeller, Jeff Bezos, Vince McMahon, and Warren Buffett.

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Among people born in 1908, Oskar Schindler ranks 6Before him are Simone de Beauvoir, Salvador Allende, Bette Davis, James Stewart, and Enver Hoxha. After him are Abraham Maslow, Edward Teller, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Otto Skorzeny. Among people deceased in 1974, Oskar Schindler ranks 2Before him is Charles Lindbergh. After him are Georgy Zhukov, Juan Perón, Georges Pompidou, Amin al-Husseini, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, James Chadwick, Vittorio De Sica, Pär Lagerkvist, U Thant, and Baldur von Schirach.

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Among people born in Czechia, Oskar Schindler ranks 11 out of 1,200Before him are Gustav Mahler (1860), Jan Hus (1369), John Amos Comenius (1592), Milan Kundera (1929), Václav Havel (1936), and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875). After him are Bedřich Smetana (1824), Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316), Edmund Husserl (1859), Jan Žižka (1360), Alphonse Mucha (1860), and Ferdinand Porsche (1875).


Among businesspeople born in Czechia, Oskar Schindler ranks 1After him are Ivana Trump (1949), Tomáš Baťa (1876), and Petr Kellner (1964).