New York memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet, who is seeking $2.2 million for his list, said three others are owned by museums, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Zimet, who is representing the manuscript’s seller, told Reuters it had been held for over 55 years by the family of Schindler’s accountant, Itzhak Stern. The Stern family recently sold it to the current, unidentified owner, Zimet said.
David Crowe, a professor at Elon College in North Carolina and a Schindler expert, had seen a picture of the list and reckoned it could be one of many Schindler produced over the course of the war.
“The Nazis were fanatical about keeping records, new lists were constantly being made,” said Crowe.
Dated April 18, 1945, typed on onion paper, the slightly frayed list being sold by Zimet contains 801 all-male names, and is 14-pages long. It is a carbon copy made at the time it was typed, and it details the names of the workers along with their birthdates and jobs.
Schindler saved lives during World War Two by employing Jews in munition and other factories he owned. The nine or 10 lists of employees he submitted to the Nazis became known collectively as “Schindler’s list,” said Crowe.