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  סיון 8, 5771 , 10/06/11

Creator of Schindler's List Dead at 91

Mieczyslaw "Mietek" Pemper, the man who typed up Oskar Schindler's list - which helped save more than 1,000 Jews from the Nazis - is to be buried in the Augsburg, Germany Jewish cemetery Friday, according to Agence France Presse. Municipal authorities announced Thursday that Pemper died Tuesday at the age 91. The Bavarian city will order flags to be lowered to half-mast in his honour.

The Cracow, Poland native was imprisoned at the Nazi concentration camp of Plaszow, where he worked as the personal typist for commandant Amon Goeth from March 1943 to September 1944. Pemper secretly read in Goeth's mail from Berlin that all factories that were not producing goods for the Nazi effort should be shuttered, and convinced Schindler, to abandon enamel production at his plant and make anti-tank grenade rifles. He also supplied Schindler with a typed list of the names of more than 1,000 fellow prisoners to be recruited for work.

Pemper was an advisor to movie director Steven Spielberg when he made the movie "Schindler's List" based on the book by Australian writer Thomas Keneally.

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