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