The original Schindler’s list is currently being auctioned on eBay for 3 million dollars.
The New York Post reports that it’s not the popular movie, but the actual list of Jewish refugees that German businessman Oskar Schindler is credited with saving from the Nazis, will be available on eBay Friday evening.
The 14 page long German document contains the names of the 801 “highly specialized munitions Jews laborers” Schindler saved, was typed out on April 18, 1945, right before the end of World War II, according to CNN. Schindler bribed officials to let him keep more than 1,000 workers and set up a factory in Czechoslovakia, according to History.com.
But the list was not created by Schindler. Instead, Mietek Pemper, a man who was born to a Jewish family in 1920 and was studying to become an accountant, made the list that helped save so many men from gas chambers, according to the Telegraph.
The reserve price is an eye-popping $3 million. Its sellers, California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, are hoping it will go for as high as $5 million. “Enter US $3,000,000.00 or more” the listing will instruct bidders when it goes live at 9 p.m. EDT, according to an advance copy obtained by The Post.
“Free Local Pickup” the listing will advise. “Item location: Israel.”
“We decided to sell the list on eBay because it has over 100 million worldwide members, and this is a global story,” Gazin told The Post.
“There are billionaires using the site, wealthy celebrities,” said Gazin, who is the president of AuctionCause.com. “We like the platform.”
Of the seven original versions of the list, only four are known to still exist — including two in Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Museum, and one in the US Holocaust Museum in Washington.
The “list” was named for Oskar Schindler, a businessman from Germany who is credited with saving more than 1,000 Jewish refugees from the Nazis by deeming them essential workers for his enamel-works factories.