Oskar Schindler Grave

Oskar Schindler

Holocaust Museum Oskar Schindler Zion Gate
Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler Grave

Here is the grave of Oskar Schindler, who was lionized in the Steven Spielberg film, "The Schindler's List". After the Second World War, Oskar Schindler moved to Argentina with his wife and tried his hand at farming. Having failed, he returned to Germany by himself and lived out the rest of his life alone and in poverty punctuated by annual visits to Israel, where he was treated like royalty.

In the last scene of The Schindler's List, the Jews saved by Oskar Schindler place stones on his grave to create the shape of a cross. I was surprised to find stones still covering his tomb in that shape, although I suspected they were stones placed by more recent visitors who wished to leave a mark of their visit and remembrance of the man.

Travel Tip
Oskar Schindler's tomb isn't at the Lutheran church near the Holy Sepulcher church as some claim, and is tricky to find. To find it, walk about 300 yards down the hill from Zion Gate until you come to a small parking lot, across the road from which are two unmarked gates. Walk through the gate on the right as you are facing them, and into the sprawling cemetery. Then walk down two levels to find his tomb near the center of the third (the lowest) level. The stone pile may still be there to help you find it.

Holocaust Museum Zion Gate