Hollywood’s own Schindler: How the founder of Universal Pictures put everything on the line to save 300 German Jews from the Holocaust
- Carl Laemmle founded Hollywood studios Universal Pictures in 20th century
- He saved more than 300 German Jews from Nazi persecution in the late 1930s
- By sponsoring them – agreeing to cover them financially – Jews could get US visa
- He began by helping Jews from his home town of Laupheim in Germany
- Soon Laemmle was helping Jews from Stuttgart, Bavaria, Berlin and Frankfurt
By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 05:51 EST, 2 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:17 EST, 2 January 2019
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Hollywood blockbuster Schindler’s List – about the German businessman who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust – is often listed as one of the greatest films of all time and it won pretty much every accolade available upon its release 25 years ago.
The film was distributed by Universal Pictures, one of Hollywood’s ‘Big Six’ studios and one of the world’s most influential entertainment companies.
However, few people are aware that the founder of Universal, a man named Carl Laemmle, had a ‘Schindler’s List’ of his own, and saved more than 300 German Jews from Nazi persecution in the late 1930s.
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Some of the noblest acts of charity are those done in secret.
I read the article and was particularly struck by his telegram to FDR asking for asylum for 800.
A contrast between an evil FDR and the heroic movie mogul.
So sad, more could not have been done.
Reflecting on today’s “immigration” problem, it’s the welfare state’s inability to adapt. Where are today’s “affidavit of support” requirements?
It’s human tragedy.
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