A disused building in the Czech Republic -- where German industrialist Oskar Schindler employed more than a thousand Jews to save them from the gas chambers -- is being turned into a Holocaust memorial, The Guardian website reports today (November 9, 2016).
Parts of the complex in Brnenec -- close to Schindler's birthplace in Svitavy -- were given the status of cultural monument this month, according to the Czech culture ministry.
Built in the 19th century, the laboratory, mill, chemical depot, front door, and a square used for roll call "have close historical links... to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in Brnenec," the ministry spokeswoman, Simona Cigankova, said.
During World War II, Schindler (1908-1974) saved the lives of 1,200 Jews by employing them in his enamelware and munitions factories in Nazi-occupied Poland and Czechoslovakia. His ability to prevent Jews from being murdered by Nazis is portrayed in the popular 1993 film, Schindler's List.