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OSKAR SCHINDLER(1908 - 1974) German industrialist and black marketeer who by the end of World War II had spent everything he had on keeping 1,300 Polish Jews from being deported to Hitler's gas chambers. Schindler used combination of bribes, lies and charm to convince the German occupiers that his workers were "essential", while at the same time he assured that his factory would turn out sub-standard ammunition and war material. When the war ended, Schindler fled to Argentina with his wife and a handful of his workers and bought a farm. In 1958, he abandoned his land, his wife and his mistress to return to Germany. He spent the remaining years of his life dividing his time between Germany and Israel, where he was honored and taken care of by his "Schindlerjuden". An extraordinarily rare I.S.P. with a most important association, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" b/w, a fine chest, up pose of Schindler with a broad smile and sporting a Tyrolian hat, inscribed on the verso in German in blue ink: "My dearest Fam[ily] Licht. In Fond Memory. Schindler Regensburg Aug. [19]48.". Verso bears a pencil mark above signature and some light toning, with Munich photographer's stamp, overall very good. This incredibly rare photograph has been inscribed to Zvi (Herman) Licht and his family. Licht was the "Schindler Jew" who made the famous gold ring given by those Schindler saved immediately following their liberation. The photo is accompanied by a copy of a 2008 letter of provenance from Schlomit Vesengrad, one of Licht's daughters. She writes, in part: "...I received this photo from my parents Tova (Giza) & Zvi (Herman) Licht as a legacy - it belonged to a Schindler survivor. When the war started, my parents lived in Krakow...until the Nazis took their families to a place from which there was no return. When Schindler opened his enamel factory in Krakow he took my father as a watchmaker and my mother as a seamstress to work there...he included both of my parents on [his list]...At war's end, Schindler was afraid he'd be caught by the Allies as a Nazi spy so my father prepared a ring for him and on the inside of the ring engraved the verse: 'He who saves an Israeli soul...saves the whole world. My parents met Schindler again at the Nuremburg trials - they were all witnesses against Amon Goth...Schindler signed & gave the photo to my parents in Regensburg, Germany in August of 1948...When Schindler first came to father made another ring for him, identical to that which he made at war's end, because Schindler lost the original in a card game...". An incredibly rare photo, with an equally incredible association!
Estimate $ 20,000-30,000

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