Mimi Reinhardt, who helped German industrialist Oskar Schindler compile his famous lists that saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust, has passed away at the age of 107.
Born in Austria, Reinhardt was Jewish herself, and was employed by Schindler, working as his secretary until 1945. She was the person that drew up several lists of Jewish workers from the ghetto of the Polish city of Krakow. These individuals were subsequently recruited as workers at Schindler’s factory, which saved them from deportation to Nazi death camps. The scheme helped approximately 1,300 people survive the Holocaust, with Schindler and his secretary putting their own lives on the line.
This dramatic episode was portrayed in Thomas Keneally’s 1982 novel ‘Schindler’s Ark’, and the 1993 award-winning film adaptation by Steven Spielberg, ‘Schindler’s List’.