At a Glance

  • Oskar Schindler, a Czech factory owner who saves the lives of over 1,200 Jews during World War II.
  • Commandant Amon Goeth, a German SS lieutenant who runs the Plaszow labor camp. He sends Jews from his camp to work in Schindler's ammunition factory.
  • Itzhak Stern, Schindler's Jewish accountant, who becomes a dear friend and confidante.
  • Helen Hirsch, Goeth's maid, whom he brutalizes on a daily basis.
  • Emilie Schindler, Oskar's wife, who acts as a nurse for the Jews at the factory.
  • Leopold Pfefferberg, a former high school teacher who goes to work at Schindler's factory.
  • Henry Rosner, a Jewish violinist whose music Goeth appreciates.
  • Victoria Klonowska, Schindler's beautiful Polish secretary.
  • Oswald Bosko, a German police sergeant who sympathizes with the Jews.


(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

No character can be more original than one straight from real life. Oskar Schindler is portrayed as a man whose foibles and needs are all too...

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