Rare Schindler Documents Sell for $122,000 at Auction

Letters and blueprints documenting Oskar Schindler's efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust are purchased by unnamed buyer weeks after a rare copy of the German industrialist's famous list went unsold on eBay.

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A collection of documents from World War II industrialist Oskar Schindler, including a letter he signed that made the way for the rescue of more than 1,000 Jewish factory workers, has fetched more than $122,000 at an online auction.

The letter, dated Aug. 22, 1944, describes permission to move Schindler's enamelware factory and its workers from Poland. Historians say that move allowed him to carry out the rescue chronicled in the 1993 film "Schindler's List."

Schindler had been tipped off in the summer of 1944 that the Nazis planned to close factories unrelated to the war effort. Through bribery and personal connections, he got permission to produce arms and move the factory and its workers to Brunnlitz, in Sudetenland, or Sudetengau, in what is now Czech Republic.

It's believed to be the first known document confirming the move.

It is quite important because I thought it took him much longer to get such permission, David Crowe, a Holocaust historian and Schindler biographer, said in a statement last week.

Most importantly, if Oskar had not gotten such permission, there would have been no Schindler's List, he said.

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

RR Auction said one person, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased all of 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 the four remaining copies the list, typed on onion skin paper. 

Oskar Schindler during a visit to Israel.Credit: Aviv Nissenbaum / Wikimedia Commons

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