This website seeks to organize and promote the canonization process of Oskar Schindler, a Roman Catholic who saved upwards of 1,200 Polish Jews from certain death during the worst days of the Holocaust during World War II.
During his colorful life, Schindler was many things:
motorcycle racer, spy for the Abwehr, Nazi party member, married man, heavy equipment salesman, Czechoslovak traitor, unfaithful husband, enamelware manufacturer, war-profiteer, German patriot, slave labor camp founder, failed businessman, womanizer, lover of alcohol, SS cooperator, bon vivant extraordinaire and most importantly, savior of over a thousand people.
As with many saints in the Catholic Church, Schindler was a complex and imperfect person with many facets to his personality. That being said, when it mattered most, he rose to the very heights of humanity in living out the call to serve others in their most deperate hour. It is for this reason that we wish to promote his cause for canonization for sainthood.
Brief Biographay of Oscar Schindler Leading Up to WWII
Oskar Schindler was born in 1908 in what was then Czechoslovakia in an ethnic German region of the country. He married in 1928, subsequently raced motorcycles, worked for the Moravian Electric Company in Brno, served in the Czechoslovak Army, was arrested multiple times in the early 1930s for drunk/disorderly conduct, worked for the Jaroslav Simek Bank selling property, had 2 children out of wedlock, became an agent of the Abwehr (German military counterintelligence branch), was arrested/tortured by the Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior for espionage, joined the Nazi Party in early 1939, assisted in the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia as well as Poland and finally moved to the Polish city of Krakow in October, 1939 with the intention of becoming a wealthy war-profiteer. (Source: "Oskar Schindler et al" by D. Crowe, Ch. 1 and 2) It is at this point that this website will start to delve more closely into Schindler's activities during the War with regards to his canonization process.
Initially, two primary source materials are being used to promote Schindler's cause for canonization, with the intention of more to be added later:
- Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
- Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and The True Story Behind the List by David M. Crowe
Devil's Advocate (Advocatus Diaboli)
As part of the current the Roman Catholic saint-making process, people are allowed to present arguments against elevating someone to sainthood. This used to be known as the "Devil's Advocate" position, but this position was modified in 1983. However, it is important that these issues be addressed directly since Schindler lived, it can be said, a most interesting life. This website will expand upon these issues as the process moves forward.