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18 June 2019 - 15 Sivan 5779 - ט"ו סיון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Personal possessions of Oskar Schindler sold at auction E-mail

Some personal possessions of German businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews he employed in his factory during the Holocaust, sold at auction recently for more than US$46,000.


The items – his Longines wristwatch, a compass, a 1938 Sudetenland Medal, two fountain pens and a business card – were sold in March by the Boston-based RR Auction, for more than they were expected to attract.

The items were from the estate of Schindler’s wife, Emilie, who died in 2001. The compass is said to have been used by Oskar and Emilie Schindler while fleeing Russian troops and heading for American-occupied territory in 1945. The Sudetenland Medal was awarded to all German officials and members of the Wehrmacht and SS who marched into Sudetenland, and it was later awarded to military personnel participating in the occupation of the remnants of Czechoslovakia. Schindler had aided in the annexation and occupation of the Sudetenland as a spy for the German government.

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