Emilie Schindler is credited with
many acts of kindness, small and large. Even today surviving Schindler-Jews
remember how Emilie worked indefatigably to secure food and somehow managed to
provide the sick with extra nourishment and apples. A Jewish boy, Lew
Feigenbaum, broke his eyeglasses and stopped Emilie in the factory and told
her: "I broke my glasses and can't see .." When the Schindler-Jews
were transferred to Brunnlitz, Emilie arranged for a prescription for the
eyeglasses to be picked up in Crakow and delivered to her in Brunnlitz.
Jewish organizations have honored her for her efforts during the war. In May, 1994, Emilie Schindler received The Righteous Amongst the Nations Award - along with Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank's family in the Netherlands and preserved her diary after the family was taken away by the Nazis.
In 1995, Argentina decorated her with the Order of May, the highest honor given to foreigners who are not heads of state. In 1998 The Argentine government decided to give her a pension of $1,000 a month until her financial situation improved. Last November, Emilie Schindler, was named an Illustrious Citizen by Argentina.
In July, 2001, during a visit to Berlin, Germany, a frail Emilie handed over documents related to her husband to a museum. Confined to a wheelchair and totally dependent upon others, she told reporters that it was her 'greatest and last wish' to spend her final years in Germany, adding that she had become increasingly homesick. 'I am very happy that I can be here,' she told with a dazzling smile.
Emilie Schindler died Friday night October 5, 2001, in the Berlin hospital.