The woman who made Oscar Schindler’s list and helped save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust in World War II has died at the age of 107.
Mimi Reinhart was Schindler’s secretary and compiled a list of Jewish workers in the Polish city of Krakow to work in his German industrial boss’s factory.
It was an extremely risky venture but it is estimated that it saved about 1,300 Jewish workers from deportation and almost certain death in Nazi concentration camps.
Reinhart’s granddaughter Nina wrote in a message to relatives: “My grandmother, so dear and unique, has died at the age of 107. Be at peace.”
The Guardian reports that after the war ended, Reinhardt lived in New York before moving to Israel with his son in 2007. She spent her last years in a nursing home north of Tel Aviv.
When Schindler died in 1974, Israel’s Iyad Vashem Holocaust Museum named him a “righteous member of the nations,” an honor for non-Jews who sought to save Jews from Nazi annihilation. He is buried in the Olive Mountains outside Jerusalem.
His selflessly daring story was told in Thomas Kennelly’s 1982 bestselling novel Schindler’s Ark And Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning screen adaptation, Schindler’s list.