Oskar Schindler

1908 - 1974

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Oskar Schindler (German: [ˈɔs.kaʁ ˈʃɪnd.lɐ] (listen); 28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974) was a German industrialist and a 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 to save the lives of his Jewish employees. 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 10,566,602 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Oskar Schindler is the 4th most popular businessperson (down from 2nd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 5th 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 4 out of 604Before him are Bill Gates, Howard Hughes, and Pierre de Coubertin. After him are Cecil Rhodes, Warren Buffett, John D. Rockefeller, Ingvar Kamprad, George Soros, Aristotle Onassis, David Rockefeller, and Vince McMahon.

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

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Among people born in Czechia, Oskar Schindler ranks 6 out of 839Before him are Sigmund Freud (1856), Gustav Mahler (1860), Gregor Mendel (1822), Jan Hus (1369), and Antonín Dvořák (1841). After him are Bedřich Smetana (1824), Milan Kundera (1929), John Amos Comenius (1592), Edmund Husserl (1859), Rainer Maria Rilke (1875), and Václav Havel (1936).


Among businesspeople born in Czechia, Oskar Schindler ranks 1After him are Tomáš Baťa (1876).