Rena Ferber -
today Rena Finder - was only 10 years old when the Nazis
invaded Poland. Her father was killed at Auschwitz and she
and her mother were sent to KZ Plaszow.
They began working at Emalia, Schindler's enamel and
ammunition factory. The conditions in Schindler's factory
were more humane than Rena and her mother would have
encountered in any other circumstance during the war. She
later recalled that Schindler "treated us with
kindness and respect ... Schindler bribed Goeth and others
to get food and better treatment for the Jews during a
time when all Germans were killing the Jews."
She later told how a Nazi guard was about to shoot her for
mistakenly breaking a factory machine - and Oscar
Schindler intervened: "He said: You idiots, this
little girl could not break that machine .."
"He was wonderful," Rena said of Schindler:
"He was tall and he was handsome and he had a twinkle
in his eye. He was our hero and our God. How can you say
thank you for someone who saved your life? .. I wish he
were here today so I could hug him and kiss him."
She said: "I would not be alive today if it
wasn't for Oscar Schindler, my Mother survived and so did
my grandfather. It's a tragedy that Oscar Schindler died
young before the world could acknowledge his heroism. His
country men considered him a traitor, to us he was our
God, our Father, our protector."
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