The woman who compiled Oskar Schindler’s lists and helped save hundreds of Jews during the World War II Holocaust has died aged 107.
Mimi Reinhardt was Schindler’s secretary and compiled lists of Jewish workers from the Polish city of Krakow to work in the factory of his German industrial boss.
It was a very risky undertaking, but it is estimated that it saved around 1,300 Jewish workers from deportation and almost certain death in Nazi concentration camps.
Reinhardt’s granddaughter, Nina, wrote in a message to loved ones: “My beloved and unique grandmother has passed away at the age of 107. Rest in peace.
The Guardian reports that after the war ended, Reinhardt lived in New York before moving to Israel in 2007 to live with his son. She spent her last years in a retirement home north of Tel Aviv.
When Schindler died in 1974, he was named by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum as a member of the Righteous Among the Nations, an honor for non-Jews who attempted to save Jews from Nazi extermination. . He is buried on the Mount of Olives just outside of Jerusalem.
Her brave and selfless story was told in Thomas Keneally’s 1982 bestselling novel Schindler’s Ark and in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 film adaptation, Schindler’s list.