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Page (aka Pfefferberg)on Shindler's list
Posted by: J. Henson Date: March 14, 2001 at 07:12:18
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I am not related to this family, but I saw this obituary in the news, and thought if any of you were related, you should know this:

Tuesday March 13 9:47 PM ET
Man Who Inspired Schindler Book, Movie, Dies at 87

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Holocaust survivor whose personal experiences inspired the book and movie ``Schindler's List'' has died at the age of 87 after fulfilling his dream to make a German businessman who saved hundreds of Jews a household name.

Leopold ``Paul'' Page, whose death in Los Angeles was announced on Friday, was one of some 1,200 Jews saved from the Nazi death camps by the efforts of industrialist Oskar Schindler by giving them work and shelter in the relative comfort of a munitions factory.

After the war Page, moved to New York and later Los Angeles where he opened a leather goods store and set about trying to interest writers in the story of Oskar Schindler.

It took 30 years before Australian novelist Thomas Keneally walked in to buy a briefcase, heard Page's story, looked through his photos, read a transcript of Schindler's moving speech to his Jewish workers at the end of the war, and decided to write ``Schindler's List.''

The book, published in 1982, was dedicated to the ``zeal and persistence'' of Page. Eleven years later it was turned into director Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

``Were it not for Leopold Page, Oskar Schindler would only be known by those survivors of the shoah (Holocaust) whom
he saved and by scholars and historians,'' Spielberg said in a statement on Tuesday.

``As one of the 'Schindlerjuden', Paul Page persuaded author Thomas Keneally to write the book 'Schindler's List' and along with the film created a beacon of tolerance for the whole world to see,'' he added.

Page, who was born Leopold Pfefferberg in Krakow, Poland, was a teacher with a master's degree before the war broke out. He died on March 9 in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. He was number 173 on Oskar Schindler's list.


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