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Holocaust Controversy: New Legal Fight Erupts Over Who Owns ‘Schindler’s List’

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Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party, credited with saving some 1,200 Jews during the WWII. His story appeared in the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark and later into the 1993 Hollywood blockbuster film, Schindler’s List.

The story has since become an international cottage industry of its own. Historical controversy still rages on over whether or not Schindler was really the key agent in the expatriation of the German Jews whose names appear on the famous list. Nonetheless, original copies of the List are said to be worth millions of dollars each. Researchers maintain that there are only four originals left in the world.

Now a vicious legal battle has ensued between Israeli institution and the apparent owner of the original ‘Schindler’s List’…


(Image: ‘The List’)

Who owns Schindler’s List? Jerusalem court to rule in fight over effects of German industrialist made famous by Oscar-winning Spielberg film


Adam Withnall
The Independent

A woman in Argentina who befriended the widow of Oscar Schindler is suing the Israeli Holocaust museum for ownership of his famous “list”.

The documents, compiled by the industrialist during the Second World War to save the lives of more than 1,000 Jews in Nazi Germany, have been held at the Yad Vashem museum since they were brought to Israel in 1999.

The museum claims that they were contained in an original suitcase belonging to Schindler that was gifted to a couple who looked after him in his final years, and that they were sent to the museum with that couple’s blessing.


Oskar Schindler and wife Emilie circa 1946 (Image Source: Jewish Journal)

But Professor Erika Rosenberg, who says she looked after Schindler’s wife Emilie after the couple separated and she moved to Argentina, says the suitcase was bequeathed to her.

A court in Israel has rejected Yad Vashem’s application to have the case thrown out, so it will now play out in a hearing lasting several months at the Jerusalem District Court, Haaretz reported.

Speaking to the newspaper, Prof Rosenberg said that Mrs Schindler had become ill when she heard news reports about the missing suitcase being moved to Israel in 1999, and accused the Staehr couple of stealing it.

According to the professor, Mrs Schindler said before her death in 2001: “This is a huge injustice. I saved Jews, together with my husband, and now the Jews have taken the suitcase away from me. You must demand it, even after my death.”…

Continue this story at The Independent

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