Schindler’s List is a movie that has maintained international fame since its release in 1994 and had an impressive awards sweep. For the odd person that doesn’t know, the Steven Spielberg masterpiece tells the story of a German factory owner with Nazi ties (played by Liam Neeson) who employs Jewish workers for cheap, and once Nazi operations begin in the area, he manages to keep them protected in order to keep his factory running. This results in the saving of many Jewish lives during the midst of World War II in Poland.
People all over the world remember the films that touched their hearts and make them think even after the film stopped playing, but sometimes the people whose stories are being told in those creative tellings get left behind.
Mimi Reinhardt was secretary to Oskar Schindler, the main character of the now-classic film, and was responsible for recording the lists of Jewish workers in Krakow (Poland) to work in her boss’ factory. Though it was clearly a dangerous operation, about 1,300 Jews were saved from certain death by being employed at Schindler’s factory.
After the war, Reinhardt spent some time living in New York before settling in a nursing home outside of Tel Aviv for her final years before passing away at the age of 107 just days ago.