Schindler’s List man dies, aged 90

By Dan Goldberg, October 24, 2008

A Holocaust survivor who owed his life to Oskar Schindler's famous "list" has died in Melbourne.

Leo Rosner, an accordionist, passed away aged 90. Born in Krakow, Poland, he was imprisoned in a nearby ghetto where he played his accordion in exchange for food. On the night of his wedding in 1943, he was taken to Plaszow, where he was selected by camp commandant Amon Goeth, who ordered him to play music to "celebrate" the mass murder of "Juden".

Fortunately for Mr Rosner, he was noticed by Mr Schindler, and his name put on the list of Jews sent to his factory in Brinnlitz. Mr Schindler also managed to rescue Mr Rosner's wife, Helen, but his parents and four of his eight siblings were murdered.

In the 1990s, Rosner joined Holocaust survivors at Yad Vashem where they were filmed for the end of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film, Schindler's List.


Last updated: 5:29pm, March 2 2009