Woman behind Schindler’s lists dies at 107 — Analysis

Mimi Reinhardt was Oskar Schindler’s secretary. She helped save Jews from the Holocaust.

Mimi Reinhardt was the German industrialist Oskar Schindler’s assistant, compiling the famous lists that saved many Jews in the Holocaust. She has died at the age 107.

Reinhardt, who was born in Austria, was a Jewish woman and worked as Schindler’s secretary from 1945 to 1945. Her name was on several lists that included Jewish workers in the Krakow ghetto. These individuals were subsequently recruited as workers at Schindler’s factory, which saved them from deportation to Nazi death camps. Schindler, his secretary, and their families risked their lives in order to save approximately 1,300 Holocaust survivors.

This dramatic episode was portrayed in Thomas Keneally’s 1982 novel ‘Schindler’s Ark’, and the 1993 award-winning film adaptation by Steven Spielberg, ‘Schindler’s List’.

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In 1993, Schindler – who died in 1974 – was recognized by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum as one of the “Righteous among the Nations” – non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Reinhardt moved to New York in 1945 after the war and lived there until 2007. She later relocated to Israel to be with her son. Her final years were spent in a Tel Aviv nursing home.

A journalist who visited her there said that Reinhardt “Particpated in activities for the nursing home.” The woman also reportedly “Surfed the web and followed the stock market.

It is unknown when exactly she died.

My beloved and unique grandmother, Myrtle, has died at the tender age of 107. Peace,” Reinhardt’s granddaughter Nina wrote in a message to relatives on Friday, as reported by AFP.

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