Oscar Schindler, a bon vivant, an alcoholic, a member of the Nazi party and a shameless womanisor of the worst sort - and at the same time one of the greatest, if not the greatest, humane figure in the horrors of Holocaust. Millions of Jews died in deathcamps like Auschwitz - but Schindler`s Jews miraculously survived.
Oscar Schindler joined The German military intelligence, Abwehr, headed by Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, in the autumn 1938. Schindler was charged with setting up spy network among the three million Germans of the Sudetenland region for the Abwehr, but the then Czechoslovak authorities were quick to identify Schindler as a spy. He was arrested and imprisoned for a month in 1938 shortly before Hitler's annexation of Sudetenland,
As a salesman, Schindler travelled to southern Poland and reported to Abwehr regarding points of military importance in Poland. His affiliation with Abwehr excused Oscar Schindler from military service.
Oscar Schindler was highly esteemed by Admiral Canaris for his efforts - a fact that was to play a decisive role later in the war for Schindler, when he needed all his contacts to save his Schindler-Jews.