“He was a Little Sparkle of Humanity in a Huge Sea of Genocide”


Source of Photograph of the Fagen Family as They Hosted Oskar Schindler: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/19/s-fla-couple-recalls-how-schindlers-list-saved-their-lives/


Source of Photograph of Lewis and Rena Fagen: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/07/19/s-fla-couple-recalls-how-schindlers-list-saved-their-lives/

In July 2013, one of the lists of Oskar Schindler was being sold on eBay — minimum bid $3 million. Mr. Schindler, of course, saved approximately 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust by hiring them and treating them well. The lists were of “essential” workers whom Mr. Schindler stated that he needed to work for him. If the Jews had been in a death camp, most of them would have died. As of July 2013, 68 years after the end of World War II, some of the Jews saved by Mr. Schindler were still alive. Two Schindler Jews are Lewis and Rena Fagen of Delray Beach, Florida. Mr. Fagen said about Mr. Schindler, “He was a little sparkle of humanity in a huge sea of genocide.” Almost certainly, Mr. Schindler’s initial aim in hiring Jews was to make money, but he soon grew to abhor the way the Nazis treated the Jews, and he ended up spending masses of money and risking his life many times to save the lives of Jews. Mr. Fagen said, “He decided I’m going to save these people, my people.” Mr. Fagen does not believe that any of Schindler’s lists ought to be sold. He said, “The list, the original list, is history, and if it is history, it belongs in a museum, not in private hands.” He added that he often asks about his surviving the Holocaust, “Why me and why not others?” The Fagens believe that it is important to keep the memory of Oskar Schindler and his good deeds alive.

For Further Information: Carey Codd, “S. Fla Couple Recalls How Schindler’s List Saved Their Lives.” CBS (Miami, Florida). 19 July 2013


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