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Mimi Reinhardt, Oskar Schindler’s secretary, passed away at 107

REFERRAL – Austrian Jew, she had helped save over 1000 Jews from the extermination camps during World War II.

She had taken part in one of the most famous resistance operations against Nazi barbarism. Mimi Reinhardt, the secretary ofOskar Schindlerat the origin of the famous list of the German industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews during World War II died in Israel at the age of 107, his family said Friday. “My sweet and unique grandmother just passed away at the age of 107. Rest in peace”wrote in Hebrew to relatives his granddaughter Nina, in a message seen by AFP.

Mimi Reinhardt, of Austrian descent and Jewish herself, previously lived in Krakow, Poland the second World War and was hired by Oskar Schindler for whom she worked until 1945. During the war, she had compiled lists of Jewish workers rescued by Oskar Schindler from the Nazi gas chambers. Steven Spielbergthe Schindler’s List won seven Oscars and dozens of international awards.

A retreat in Israel

Installed after the war in New York, Mimi Reinhardt makes aliyahhe immigrated to Israel in 2007 at the age of 92, to join his only son, then a professor of sociology at Tel Aviv University, and his grandchildren. “I feel at home”she had then timidly explained to the journalists who came to wait for her at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

Mimi Reinhardt had reported meeting Steven Spielberg, but admitted it took years before he could see his film. “I was invited to the premiere of the film in New York. But I had to leave for the screening, it was too hard for me.she said.

For a few years now, Mimi Reinhardt has lived in a retirement home in Herzliya, a palm-lined coastal town north of the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv. A few years ago, Israeli daily newspaper photographer Gideon Markowicz Israel Hayomhad met her as part of a project on Holocaust survivors. “She (then) participated in the activities of the retirement home, she was the bridge champion, she surfed the internet and followed the stock market”he told AFP on Friday.

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