Broadcast this evening on France 3 le flim de Steven spielberg "Schindler's List"broadcast this evening on France 3 is taken from a true story, that of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who during World War II saved the lives of many Jews. With an almost documentary realism, this multi-Oscar winner retraces the journey of an ordinary hero confronted with the unspeakable, both witness and actor of History.
An engineer by training, Oskar Schindler made several trips to Poland in 1939 on behalf of the German secret services and then, in October of the same year, moved to Krakow, where he ran a factory specializing in enamelled products. Thanks to his action, the Jews he employed there escaped the fate reserved for them by the Nazis. When, in 1944, the Soviet advance forced the Germans to move their victims to Auschwitz, he obtained that his factory was moved to Czechoslovakia, and transferred his workers there.
After the war he took care of a ranch in Argentina (1949-1957), went bankrupt and returned to Germany. In 1961 he was invited to Israel, where a commemorative plaque was unveiled on his birthday, he received the Cross of Merit in 1966, a state pension in 1968 and the title "Righteous Among the Nations" in 1993. He died in 1974 and is buried in the Christian cemetery of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Thomas Keneally's novel Schindler's Ark ("Schindler's Ark, 1982), adapted for theaters under the title of the film aired tonight, made his action known to the general public.
Schindler's List, by Steven Speilberg. Thursday January 19 at 8:35 pm on France 3.