The Oskar Schindler Story
In early 1943, the Nazis ordered the final "liquidation" of the Krakow ghetto. The man put in charge of the operation was a young SS officer named Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Plaszow forced labor camp just outside the city. Those Jews who were healthy and could work went to Plaszow; the rest were sent off to death camps or executed on the spot. Goeth then met with Schindler and other industrialists in the area to convince them to relocate their factories inside the camp. But Schindler had a somewhat different idea. He proposed establishing a labor subcamp within his factory that would continue to employ his own workers. He would run it, and the Plaszow guards would not be allowed on the premises without his permission. Schindler secured Goeth's support for this unusual plan after making it clear that cooperation would be generously compensated.
From Oskar Schindler