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Schindler documents sell for $122,000

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Oskar Schindler

Original documents connected to Oskar Schindler, who saved hundreds of Jewish from the Holocaust, fetched $122,000 at an auction in New York.

One letter, dated Aug. 22, 1944, describes permission to move an enamelware factory owned by Schindler along with its workers from Poland, the Associated Press reported. Historians say the move allowed the German industrialist to carry out the rescue chronicled in the 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List.”

The letter was offered by RR Auction in the U.S. The auction, which ended last week, also offered the Krakow factory blueprints.

RR Auction told the AP that one buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased all the documents.

Last month, a list of Jews to be rescued by Schindler went unsold on eBay after it was listed with a reserve price of $3 million.

The 14-page list identifies 801 Jewish prisoners by name, birth date and profession. The date April 18, 1945 is written in pencil on the first page. The document is one of four remaining copies of the list, typed on onion skin paper.
 

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