The little-known original article telling the Oskar Schindler story. #holocaust
I would like to touch on another aspect of the Oskar Schindler story of which the
majority of the public are unaware.
Only one journalist knew Oskar well and wrote his story long before Thomas Keneally
penned "Schindler's Ark." That journalist is the late Montrealer, Herbert Steinhouse,
at the time the Western Europe News Correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting
The article he wrote in 1949 lay untouched in his voluminous files for 45 years after
it was rejected by Atlantic Monthly and several other leading magazines...at a time
when few people wanted to hear stories about good Germans.
He finally agreed to the publication of the original article after viewing the film and
satisfying himself that Stephen Spielberg had captured the essences of the man
and had not given the story a whitewashed Hollywood treatment. It was finally
published in the Canadian "Saturday Night" magazine (attached). You can also
read it here: http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/holocaust_new/steinhouse.php
Following the publication in "Saturday Night," Steinhouse was interviewed on the
Canadian nightly news. The interview can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XGSzuNNImGY.
The Steinhouse files are now in the Canadian National Archives and the fond
starts with his biography https://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000741.pdf)
which in part states:
For the sake of full disclosure, the late Herbert and I are first cousins.
Stanley Diamond, M.S.M. (Montreal)