Map of Krakow and the Vistula River showing
the Jewish suburb of Kazimierz, Schindler's factory and Plaszow camp
Photo credit: Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC
Herr Schindler, a paid-up member of the Nazi Party, told his Jewish workers: "You'll be safe working here. If you work here, then you'll live through the war." He was correct. The Jews who were deemed Essential Workers for the German war effort succeeded largely in escaping deportation to the death camps. Schindler had a 14-page, typed list of his Essential Workers, Jews he would protect at any cost for the rest of the war.