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Oskar Schindler’s Secretary, Mimi Rienhardt, Has Passed Away At Age 107

Madeline Hiltz
(Photo Credit: AFP/ Stringer/ Getty Images)
(Photo Credit: AFP/ Stringer/ Getty Images)

Mimi Reinhardt, Oskar Schindler’s secretary who helped create some of Schindler’s famous lists, has just passed away. She was 107 years old.

Mimi Reinhardt holding a photo of Oskar Schindler
A picture taken on November 23, 2019 in the Israeli city of Herzliya shows Mimi Reinhardt, the secretary of Oskar Schindler. (Photo Credit: Gideon Markowicz/ Getty Images)

Reinhardt was employed by industrialist Oskar Schindler during the Second World War. She was in charge of drawing up the lists of Jewish workers from the Kraków ghetto who were recruited to work at Schindler’s factory, saving these individuals from deportation to Nazi death camps.

Reinhardt, also Jewish, worked for Schindler until 1945.

Mimi Reinhardt in 2007
Mimi Reinhardt arriving in Israel, circa December 2007. (Photo Credit: AFP/ Stringer/ Getty Images)

After the War, Reinhardt moved to New York, where she stayed until 2007. That year, she moved to Israel to be closer to her only son, Sasha Weitman, who was then a professor of sociology at Tel Aviv University.

She told reporters that she felt at home when she first landed in Israel.

The lists that Mimi Reinhardt helped compile for Oskar Schindler helped him save the lives of 1,110 Jews from almost certain death. Schindler’s efforts were recounted in the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark and the 1993 Steven Spielberg movie Schindler’s List.

Oskar Schindler. (Photo Credit: Rafael WOLLMANN/ Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Oskar Schindler. (Photo Credit: Rafael WOLLMANN/ Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Reinhardt once met with director Steven Spielberg but later said she found Schindler’s List difficult to watch.

Mimi Reinhardt spent her final years in a nursing home located just north of Tel Aviv. Reinhardt’s granddaughter Nina wrote a message to relatives: “My grandmother, so dear and so unique, passed away at the age of 107. Rest In Peace.”

Madeline Hiltz

Maddy Hiltz is someone who loves all things history. She received her Bachelors of Arts in history and her Master’s of Arts degree in history both from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Her thesis examined menstrual education in Victorian England. She is passionate about Princess Diana, the Titanic, the Romanovs, and Egypt amongst other things.

In her spare time, Maddy loves playing volleyball, running, walking, and biking, although when she wants to be lazy she loves to read a good thriller. She loves spending quality time with her friends, family, and puppy Luna!