Oskar Schindler saved 1200 Jews employed in his factory in Germany during the Holocaust, but that's not his only distinction: the subject of the award-winning Steven Spielberg film Schindler's List is also the only member of the Nazi Party to be honored with a tree in Yad Vashem's memorial to the Righteous Among the Nations, and the only Nazi to ever be afforded burial on the holy ground of the Land of Israel.
Among the most memorable parts of Spielberg's film was its closing scene, in which Schindler's Jews pay their respects to their savior by placing rocks on his grave, the traditional Jewish way to honor the dead. Any visitor to Jerusalem can do the same by visiting the grave site, inside the Catholic cemetery on the slopes of Mount Zion. The headstone, which reads in German “the unforgettable life saver of 1200 persecuted Jews,” is stacked high with rocks, a poignant reminder of the respect Schindler has inspired among Jews and non-Jews alike.
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