Itzhak Stern Biography
Birthday: January 25, 1901 (Aquarius)
Born In: Kraków, Poland
Itzhak Stern was a Polish–Israeli Jewish accountant who survived the ‘Holocaust’ during World War II. He worked for the Sudeten-German industrialist Oskar Schindler in an enamelware factory in Krakow, Poland, before World War II began. He had met Schindler in 1939 at the ‘Judenrat’ building where Schindler was searching for a man with connections who could help him gather funds for his new factory. According to Schindler’s accountant, Itzhak had advised his employer to lease an existing factory instead of buying a new one, to gain more freedom from the ‘Nazi Party.’ He had also advised Schindler to select Krakow's Jewish community as his staff, as they were considered a good source of cheap, trustworthy labor. Over the course of time, both men developed a close bond, which eventually led Itzhak to assist Schindler in his wartime rescue activities during the ‘Holocaust.’ He is credited with typing out the list of names famously known as the “Schindler's list,” which contained the names of the Jews who survived the ‘Holocaust.’ He continued to work for Schindler after the latter moved to Czechoslovakia to open a new factory and he himself moved to Israel after the war ended.