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Oskar Schindler Falls to Temptation

Recent anniversary celebrations of the World War II liberation of Europe have again put before our eyes the victims and the heroes of the Holocaust. I was shaken to read a postwar account of Oskar Schindler, the daring German hustler and hero who daily risked his life employing his wealth and wiles to save the lives of twelve hundred Polish Jews. After the war this noble heart abandoned his wife, became a womanizer and a drunkard, and fell into destitution and dependence on others. For some schnapps he even pawned the commemorative gold ring that had been fashioned for him from the false teeth of those he had rescued. How could one so noble fall so far? Because there is no temptation out there in the world that does not find common chords of resonance in every human heart.

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