Skip To Content
The Schmooze

Typist of Schindler’s List Dies at 91

The Polish-born Jew who typed up Schindler’s list is being buried today in Augsburg, Germany, where flags will fly at half-mast in his honor.

Mietek Pemper, who typed the names of more than 1,000 Jews saved by the ethnically German industrialist, was 91, and had lived in Augsburg since 1958, working as a consultant and taking on German citizenship.

Born Mieczyslaw Pemper in Krakow, he had been enslaved during the war in the work camp of Plaszow, serving as the personal typist for Amon Goeth, the head of the camp. After secretly reading Goeth’s mail, Pemper compiled a list of more than 1,000 Jews who Oskar Schindler could save with employment at a factory. Pemper ended up testifying after the war against Goeth, who was hanged, and stayed friends with Schindler until the latter’s death in 1974.

His story was told on the big screen by Steven Spielberg, of course, but Pemper also wrote a memoir of his own, releasing “”The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler’s List,” in 2005.

“Fate had placed me between the [Schindler and Goeth], and it was like having an angel on one side and a demon on the other,” he wrote.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.