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December 4, 2017

Alleged Shinder’s list survivor unable to identify Amon Goeth

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 1:19 pm
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Rena Finder was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1929

http://www.telegram.com/item/20171204/schindlers-list-survivor-tells-her-tale-at-clinton-middle-school

You can read Rena’s tale in the  Dec 4th Telegram news article linked to above.

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“After the Holocaust was over, and someone showed me a picture of [Amon] Goeth, I did not know who he was. I was too afraid to ever look him in the face, so I never knew what he looked like.” The one thing she did notice about him was that he had two very large dogs, that were vicious themselves. She claims that large dogs still scare her to this day….

She claims that the award winning film [Schindler’s List], produced by Steven Spielberg, is exactly what life was like during that time.

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Her inability to identify Amon Goeth from a photo, and her belief that it was exactly like in the fictional movie makes me think she was never really in Plaszow.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/schindlers-list/

Click on the link above to see many other articles about Schindler’s list.  You can also click on the link below to read several other articles I have written about Rena Finder.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/rena-finder/

February 6, 2016

Holocaust survivor who was on Schindler’s List

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 7:38 am

I have a section on my scrapbookpages.com website about Schindler’s List, which you can read at  http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler

This morning, I read a news story about Rena Finder, a woman who survived the Holocaust because she was saved by Oskar Schindler; she had the good fortune to have been put on the famous Schindler’s List.

Rena Finder greets Steven Spielberg Photo credit: Reuters

Rena Finder greets Steven Spielberg [Photo credit: Lucas Jackson – Reuters]

The following quote is from the news story cited above:

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[Rena] Finder was among 300 women at Auschwitz in imminent danger of being sent to gas chambers. Schindler received word of them, and he convinced Nazi commanders that he needed workers for his factory in Brünnlitz, in Czechoslovakia. But his usual bribes (mainly alcohol) did not work.

So, Finder said, he sent his secretary, Hilde Albrecht, with everything from food and diamonds to black-market goods to allow Finder and the 299 other women to leave Auschwitz [Birkenau] in 1944.

[You can read about Hilde Albrecht and Oskar Schindler on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler ]

Finder said she was there for 3½ weeks, but “3½ weeks in Auschwitz was a very long time.” Her father was killed there, but she and her mother escaped, with Schindler’s help.

Schindler — whom she described as an outgoing, friendly and handsome man with a great smile — a few weeks earlier had help save 700 men from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, where they had spent a week.

“He had papers that these workers were to come to Czechoslovakia,” Finder said of Schindler.

“We left the way we came, on a train. This time they didn’t pack us as much. This time I remember we were able to sit on the floor.”

Movie director Steven Spielberg made Schindler’s compassion known internationally in the 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” based on the 1982 book “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally.

“Schinder’s List” received 12 Academy Award nominations and won seven, including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg.

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I have written several blog posts which are under the tag Schindler’s List: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/schindlers-list/

November 24, 2015

10 year old girl on Schindler’s List was told that she was being marched into a gas chamber

Filed under: Holocaust, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:42 pm
Scene from the movie Schindler's List

Scene from the movie Schindler’s List

This quote is from a news article which you can read in full here:

Rena Finder, the youngest and last Holocaust survivor from Schindler’s list, shared these sentiments with me during an interview last year. Rena, at 10 years old, became an enemy of the state because she was Jewish. Alongside her mother, naked, bleeding and filled with terror, Rena was marched into what they were told was the gas chamber. The door was locked and the lights went out as the women screamed in horror waiting for the gas. She would die for the crime of being Jewish.

Unfortunately, the news article does not tell us how Rena was saved.  Was she actually in a shower room, as was shown in the movie Shindler’s List?

Rena was 10 years old. Children under the age of 15 were gassed at Auschwitz.  Why wasn’t she gassed?  Why was she bleeding? Sadly, the news article doesn’t tell us.

I wrote about the movie Schindler’s List on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Kazimierz/Kazimierz01C.html