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Itzhak Stern
Born 25 January 1901
Died 1969 (aged 68)
Occupation Accountant

Itzhak Stern (January 25, 1901 – 1969)[1] was a man of Jewish faith who worked for German industrialist Oskar Schindler. He was the accountant for Schindler's enamelware company (Deutsche Emaillewarenfabrik) in Kraków and greatly helped run the business. He is credited with typing the list of names known as Schindler's list, a list of Jews who survived the Holocaust because of Oskar Schindler's efforts. (There were actually seven lists, of which four are known to have survived.[2])

On November 18, 1939, Schindler was first introduced to Stern,[3] then an accountant for Schindler's fellow Abwehr agent Josef "Sepp" Aue, who had taken over Stern's formerly Jewish-owned place of employment as a Treuhander (trustee).[4] Schindler showed Stern the balance sheet of a company he was thinking of acquiring, an enamelware manufacturer called Rekord Ltd owned by a consortium of Jewish businessmen that had filed for bankruptcy earlier that year.[5] Stern advised him that rather than running the company as a trusteeship under the auspices of the Haupttreuhandstelle Ost (Main Trustee Office for the East), he should buy or lease the business, as that would give him more freedom from the dictates of the Nazis, including the freedom to hire more Jews.[6]

Even though he was Jewish and Schindler a member of the Nazi Party, Schindler was friendly to Stern. In a later meeting, Stern informed Schindler that he could use Jewish slave labour to staff his factory at a lower price than Polish laborers. Schindler, recognizing the advantage, took Stern up on his suggestion. Stern was said to be able to bring out the strong moral side of Schindler. Stern, like Schindler, was an opportunist, and he was a main contributor to the rescue of the Schindlerjuden. Stern discovered a way to channel his essentially forced labor for Schindler into a way to help his fellow Jews. As Schindler left Stern to run the factory, he immediately began to give factory jobs to Jews who otherwise would have been deemed "nonessential" and would most likely have been killed. He forged documents to make teachers and intellectuals appear to be experienced machinists and factory workers. Stern’s motivation to help his people was abundantly clear. He would often advise Schindler about things, mainly the company.

He was portrayed in the motion picture Schindler's List (1993) by Ben Kingsley. At the end of the film, Stern's widow appears in a procession of Schindlerjuden survivors and the actors who portrayed them, placing stones on Schindler's grave as a sign of respect. Stern's brother Natan was also one of the Schindlerjuden.[7]

While the relationship between Stern and Schindler was initially purely business, by the end, a definite friendship had arisen.[8]


  • Crowe, David M. (2004). Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List. Cambridge, MA: Westview Press. ISBN 978-0-465-00253-5. 

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6 news items

The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:08:48 -0700

... Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal in HBO's film “Murderers Among Us” (1989); the heartrending accountant Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg's “Schindler's List” (1993); and Anne Frank's father, Otto, in the ABC miniseries “Anne Frank: The Whole Story” (2001).

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:15:00 -0700

The film shocks us with its narrative and black-and-white screenplay. Liam Neeson portraying Schindler is as amazing as any actor could be. Ben Kingsley plays the pivotal role of Itzhak Stern, a Jewish official and Schindler's aide. The film went on to ...
Dallas Art News
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:56:45 -0700

Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Amon Goeth, Ben Kingsly and Itzhak Stern. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best ...

Yahoo Movies (blog)

Yahoo Movies (blog)
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:25:34 -0700

"Schindler's List" (1993): Kingsley earned his second Oscar nomination for his quietly intense portrayal of Itzhak Stern, a Jewish official hired as an accountant by industrialist and Nazi sympathizer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) in the the Kraków ...
La Gazzetta di Pistoia
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:35:14 -0700

Questa frase, detta ad Oskar da Itzhak Stern, suo contabile, fu il seme che germogliò nel suo animo, l'attimo in cui forse, inconsapevolmente, decise di opporsi a suo modo alla follia che lo circondava. Portare a teatro la sua storia è un'esigenza del ...

La Voce d'Italia

La Voce d'Italia
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:37:30 -0700

La storia comincia con una interpretazione sincera da parte di Carlo Giuffrè, dove le sporcature linguistiche e il suo agire dimostrano l'originalità del personaggio, meno efficace il suo fidato amico contabile Itzhak Stern, che con una vocalità ...

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