Did Oskar Schindler make a difference in history?

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Schindler was not a statesman, a politician, or a great military leader, indeed he was not that remarkable a businessman. He did not alter the sweep of World War II. Yet Schindler, though his actions, saved hundreds of Jews from certain death. In doing so, he squandered his own wealth and risked arrest and even possible death. After the war, he was instrumental in helping identify Nazi war criminals. In short, Schindler did as much as anyone could have asked a person in his situation to do, and as the ring his workers presented him said, "He who saves a single life saves the world entire." Schindler is an example of how individuals, acting through their own agency, can make a difference even under the worst of conditions.

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