Emilie Schindler, née Emilie Pelzl was a German born in the Sudetenland, a part of the modern day Czech Republic. Emilie Pelzl met her future husband, Oskar Schindler, in 1928, when he visited her father to sell cars. The couple were married within six weeks.
Alongside her husband, Emilie Schindler helped to rescue 1200 Jewish workers who were employed in Oskar Schindler's Deutsche Emaillewaren-Fabrik by declaring their employees as 'essential factory workers' and bribing SS guards. Emilie Schindler sold her valuables to buy provisions for their employees and cared for the sick in a secret sanatorium. As the war drew to a close, the Schindlers went into hiding over fears of being prosecuted as members of the Nazi party. In 1949, they then moved to Argentina, where they were financially supported by a local Jewish organisation.
These recordings give a detailed and personal account of Emilie Schindler's life. Some of the information has been previously included in biographies of Emilie Schindler, however some of Emilie's accounts have never been in the public domain before. Emilie discusses her childhood, her relationship with her husband, her life during the Second World War and her move to Argentina, where Oskar Schindler left her in 1957 to return to Germany to sort out his financial affairs, and never returned.
This collection includes important historical primary source material relating to Oskar and Emilie Schindler, and their contribution to saving so many lives during the Holocaust.