The Symbol of the Resurrection

He was a liar, a cheat, a con-man and a playboy. While baptized as a Christian, he never had the slightest interest or connection with institutional religion.

Following the release of a film about his life, his widow issued a public statement. She had been abandoned in Brazil when he went back to Europe to enjoy the good life. She called him a bastard and couldn’t imagine why anyone would celebrate his life.

He was a Nazi German businessman who employed slave labor from the Jewish ghetto in Cracow, Poland to make pots and pans for Hitler’s army, profiteering from the war. And in the process he rescued 1300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Easter refers to the rising of Christ from the dead, the onset of Spring, it refers to revival, restoration. Oskar Schindler is a symbol of the resurrection, the story of a clay-bodied German who rose to a cataclysmic situation

Phil Sweet is a long-time friend of UUFDC, and a marvelous and insightful story-teller. He served as minister of Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay and two rural churches in western Minnesota.