Testimony of the Pharmacist, Leon Salpeter, Tel Aviv, May 1962

I had already heard about Schindler in the Plaszow camp. Every story sounded like a legend. Beginning with his kindness to the Jews who worked in the enamel factory. When the factory was liquidated and the people moved to Plaszow, Schindler was not allowed to continue and decided to rescue his Jews. He found an abandoned factory in Brunnlitz, in the Sudenten region, where he originally had come from, and offered to turn it into an armament plant if he received the necessary workers. After many attempts he was granted permission. The list of workers consisted not only of those who worked in his factory, but another 700 men and 300 women from Plaszow. When one of his workers – the late Benker – proposed to include me in the list for Brunnlitz, Schindler asked him who I was and what my capacity in the factory would be. Benker responded that Salpeter was a good book-keeper. To this Schindler said: “Salpeter is probably a better Zionist than book-keeper, but put him on the list anyway.”