An original document listing the names of 800 Jews Oskar Schindler planned to save from the Holocaust has gone on sale.
The document, priced at $2.4 million (£1.97 million) was one of those used by Mr Schindler to protect Polish Jews working in his factories and prevent them from being deported to the concentration camps.
“A more poignant and historic … relic cannot be imagined,” says the listing on the Moments In Time website, which is selling the document. It describes the list as an “exceedingly rare original” whose “provenance is ironclad”.
There were seven lists drawn up by Mr Schindler, a German member of the Nazi party, of which four are known to survive. Two are at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel and one is at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
The document on sale is a carbon copy of the original, which was handed to the Nazis. It was kept by Itzhak Stern, Mr Schindler’s accountant, and later belonged to his nephew. It was put on Ebay by an Israeli, Eric Gazin, four years ago, at a higher price, but failed to sell.
In the last month of the Second World War Mr Schindler persuaded the Nazis to let him move his enamelware factory in Krakow, Poland to the Sudentland, along with all his employees, saving them from the concentration camps. The document on sale is one of those listing the names of Jews who were to move with the factory.
The story of Oskar Schindler and the 1,200 Jews he saved was depicted in the Thomas Keneally’s Booker prize winning novel Schindler’s Ark and later the 1993 film Schindler’s List.