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Schindler’s List typist dies at 91

Mietak Pemper, who gave Oskar Schindler the famous list which saved more than 1,000 Jews during Holocaust, dies in Germany

The man who typed Oskar Schindler's famous list, which saved more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust, died last week in Augsburg, Germany, at age 91.


Mietak Pemper was set to be buried Friday in the city's Jewish cemetery, and local officials plan to order flags to be lowered to half-mast, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.


Pemper served as the personal typist of Nazi commandant Amon Goeth from 1943 to 1944, during his imprisonment in the Plaszow concentration camp.


At one point, he secretly read a letter to Goeth from Berlin announcing that all factories not producing goods for the Nazi war effort would be closed down. Pemper was then able to convince Schindler, a Nazi party member who initially hoped to profit from the Germany's invasion of Poland, to switch his plant's focus from enamel production to anti-tank grenade rifles.


Pemper, at great personal risk, gave Schindler a typed list of more than 1,000 fellow prisoners who could work in the plant.


Schindler famously saved more than 1,200 lives through a mixture of work opportunities and bribes to Nazi officers.


In 2005, Pemper published his memoir, "The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List."


Augsburg Mayor Kurt Gribl said Pemper was a great asset to his city.


"With Mietek Pemper, the city has lost an important builder of bridges between the Jewish and Christian religions and a contributor to reconciliation," he wrote in a statement.


AFP contributed to this report



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