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Oskar Schindler And World War Ii

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Oskar Schindler was a hero in World War II. He endured many conflicts. The main battle he faced was during World War II. During World War II, Oskar Schindler was a German businessman who saved Jews in Poland and Czechoslovakia from death by employing them in his factory (“Oskar Schindler” 362).
World War II began on September 1, 1939 (Colby 546). The War lasted for six years between the Axis powers, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Allied powers, Great Britain, France, Soviet Union, United States, and China (Colby 552). The United States of America got involved in World War II “ when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Congress declared war on Japan” (Colby 546). After Pearl Harbor “ The Japanese attacked the Philippines and invaded American barracks on Guam and Wake Island” (Colby 547). In 1944, “Allied forces invaded Germany” (Colby 550). World War II took place in “Europe, Russia, North Africa, and Asia” (Colby 544-552). World War II ended by Japanese agreeing to surrender and signing a contract to make it official (Colby 552). What led to Japanese surrendering was “ a demand which stated that if Japanese did not surrender, there would be a destruction of Japanese cities” (Colby 552). Colby states “President Harry S. Truman allowed for an atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, which killed 75,000 and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki occurred” (551). Colby writes, “the bombing of Nagasaki would not have occurred if Japan had surrendered after the bombing of Hiroshima” (551). World War II ended on “ September 2, 1945” (Colby 552). The Allied Powers defeated the Axis Powers, but Colby points out “ the Allied Powers defeat was not enough to resolve the issues that started from World War II and that peace among the Allied Powers ended after the war” (552).
Oskar Schindler was born on “April 28, 1908 in Zwittau, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire” (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). Schindler attended a German-language school (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). His father, Hans Schindler, was a factory owner and his mother Louisa Schindler, was a homemaker (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). They had two kids, Oskar and Elfriede and Oskar had a very close relationship with his younger sister, even though they had a seven-year age difference (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). Schindler started working for his father selling farm equipment in the 1920s and then married in 1928 to Emilie and had no children (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). His marriage caused problems between Schindler and his father so he left that job and started working as a sales manager for a Moravian electric company (“Schindler, Oskar” 1678). In 1940, “Schindler purchased a bankrupt kitchenware factory” (“Schindler, Oskar” 1679). Schindler abandoned his wife and went to West Germany (“Schindler, Oskar” 1681). He had no money, so the Jewish Distribution Committee and other grateful people gave him some money (“Schindler, Oskar” 1681). He lived off of funds given to him by...

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