Dear Oskar Schindler, Five years have passed since the
traumatic events of World War 2, yet I still cannot seem to
I would like to tell you my story to help lift some weight
off my shoulders and to remind you how much you have done for
I had moved to Palestine with my two sisters five months
after the war ended, but it seems as though my dark memories
from my past have followed me here.
I cannot seem to escape them.
Living in Palestine is hard; the culture is so different to
Poland. The cities and its buildings are all crumbled. It is
nothing like Poland but the Palestinians still resent the
Jews the same way the Germans did.
I cannot escape the terror of war.
There are so many Jews who have escaped to Palestine after
the war for a fresh start.
The Palestinian people seem to think we, the Polish Jews, are
trying to take over their country.
The people here are so cruel to the Jews. When we walk down
the sidewalk they throw stones and scream abuse at us.
They treat us like animals, just like the Germans did.
I am sick of hiding like a rabbit from a hunter, I can't take
It is terrifying; I am concerned another war will break out
because of this.
I need a fresh start away from everything to do with war.
I am moving to New Orleans in America to be with my second
My sisters are both moving to Australia to be with my aunt.
I would love for them to come with me but they are determined
I would like to thank you for saving me and 1200 others from
death during the war.
I know that you used your own personal funds to save us, all
1200 of us.
You sacrificed your entire fortune.
While you may be poor, you will always have our eternal
From the moment I met you I always knew you were not like
them. You were different to the other Germans.
When I was working for Amon and he would beat me, you always
told me to stay strong and the war would be over soon.
I had much respect for you for that. You gave me hope; you
were the guiding light through those black days.
When I found out that I was leaving Amon to go and work for
you, I silently smiled to myself. I couldn't have been
One week later I was in the barracks with about 30 other
women when three German soldiers came in screaming and
shouting, ''Schnell, schnell, bewegen!''They rounded up 300
of us and I knew we were going to your factory.
I felt relieved, I thanked God for sending a miracle; you
were our miracle in disguise.
When we were all rounded up they pushed us on to a cattle
train; it was so cramped and I became breathless with the
We travelled on the train for three days without break.
When we started to slow down, everyone that could peep out
the window to see our final destination, did.
It wasn't what anyone had imagined.
There were people everywhere in striped uniforms shovelling
I will always remember this little boy, all of 5 years old,
standing on his own with a brown coat and pants on. He looked
directly at me and pulled a death sign.
I felt intimidated and was silently panicked. I knew we were
in deep trouble.
I kept it quiet because I didn't want to upset and alarm the
Maybe we were meeting Schindler here, I prayed silently to
When the train came to a stop, we were all rushed out of it
by women guards; there was terror and panic everywhere.
Smoke was billowing from chimneys, children were screaming
for their parents, parents were screaming for their children.
Children and elderly people were being forced into lines and
marched down into concrete caves.
This was a place that I imagined hell would be like.
I stood there in shock; this could be the end, I told myself.
I could not see Schindler anywhere. Hope began to fade.
I couldn't see how we were going to get out of here. I had
Then there you were, walking towards me. You had showed up.
You were our saviour; to see your face made me the most
relieved, happiest woman alive.
Twelve hundred people would not be alive today. Not only did
you save 1200 lives, but you inspired me and many others to
Your resilience and strength inspired me and you are what
truly kept me alive.
God bless you Oskar, you have shown me that there is good in
the world and that it can battle evil and win.
• By Ellen McCraw, Year 12, Lawrence Area School