After watching Schindler’s List recently, and for the first time, it occurred to me the reason I hadn’t watched it until now is because I have a tendency to shy away from the ugly reality of the world we live in, plus war movies (generally) are my least favourite genre.

As anticipated, the holocaust subject matter had me feeling upset and depressed. One light-hearted sequence occurs when Schindler (Liam Neeson), reputedly a ladies man, interviews various candidates for the job of typist …

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In the end he hires none of them, not even an accomplished (but austere) touch-typist …

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… and it’s left to Schindler’s accountant, Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to do most of the typing.

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After that there’s little to lift the spirits, except the epilogue at the end, of course, when the film switches from black and white to colour, and we see real-life holocaust survivors and their descendants file past Schindler’s grave to place stones on his tombstone.

That was the great pay-off for suffering through the movie.

In 1963 Oskar Schindler was awarded the title of Righteous among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Institute based in Jerusalem. He died in 1974 in Hildesheim, Germany and, in compliance with his wish, was buried at the Catholic Cemetery at Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

The legend of Oskar Schindler was largely publicised by Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler’s Ark, but it was not until the novel was adapted into Steven Spielberg’s feature film Schindler’s List that the story of Schindler gained global recognition.

An office at Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow (now a museum) …

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An attractive Mercedes typewriter with a wide-carriage …

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As far as I know, this is not a typewriter that was owned by Oscar Schindler, nor was it the typewriter used to type “the list”.

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Probably, it’s just a typewriter that was put there because visitors expected to see one. It’s certainly not the typewriter depicted on the postmark on my philatelic cover …

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… which is more in keeping with, yet not the same as, the Continental typewriter used in Speilberg’s 1993 movie …

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Speilberg and his production team must have done their homework …

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So a Continental (of some description) it probably is.

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Unless of course you happen to have been a visitor to an Oskar Schindler exhibition in 2000 at the Městské Muzeum a Galerie in Svitavy, Czech Republic, where 90 photographs, maps, and documents were displayed with display captions, in Czech and German, describing Schindler’s life in Svitavy, Krakow, and at the work camp in Brněnec.

Among the exhibits a German AEG typewriter …

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(p.s. Schindler’s List is one of several “typewriter movies” listed here in this 2013 posting on the Typewriter Talk forum. A Continental Wanderer typewriter gets a mention, but in relation to another movie.)

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