BUENOS AIRES — Emily Schindler, widow of the hero of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Schindler’s List,” Wednesday wished the movie success and said she was getting a cut of the proceeds.
When asked what percentage she had been offered, Schindler, 86, who lives in a tiny, two-room house outside Buenos Aires, told Reuters, “I’m discussing that with a man from New York.”
She declined to elaborate.
Schindler said she wasn’t surprised by the 12 Oscar nominations the black-and-white Holocaust epic received Wednesday, saying it was different from all other movies.
“That film is the pure truth. It shows some ugly things, but when you realize it’s the truth, it’s more powerful. The truth was even worse than the film,” she said.
Spielberg’s movie tells the tale of her husband, Oskar, a Nazi-collaborating war profiteer who risked his life to save hundreds of Jews from the gas chambers in World War II.
The Schindlers emigrated to Argentina after the war with the help of Jewish groups, but their business enterprises failed and Oskar abandoned his wife and debts to return to Europe, where he died in 1974.