2000 Emilie Schindler fell at her home in San Vicente. She lay for hours,
alone. After undergoing a hip replacement operation, she had
to enter a home for the elderly in Buenos Aires, her care
heavily subsidized by Argentine charities. Hospital officials
had delayed her surgery for three days because she could not
afford the operation. Financial help eventually came from
several soccer players, River Plate, and other Argentine
In July, 2001, during a visit to Berlin, Germany, a frail Emilie
handed over documents related to her husband to a museum.
Confined to a wheelchair and totally dependent upon others, she
told reporters that it was her "greatest and last wish" to spend
her final years in Germany, adding that she had become
increasingly homesick. "I am very happy that I can be here," she
told with a dazzling smile.
Her biographer Erika Rosenberg said she was urgently
seeking a German home for Schindler's widow. "Now, as an old
lady, Emilie Schindler needs help herself for the first time,"
Rosenberg said. The German state of Bavaria immediately offered
a home to Emilie Schindler. Bavaria would be happy to help
fulfill her wish, Bernhard Seidenath, a spokesman for the
Ministry of Social Affairs, said Monday July 16, 2001.
A deeply grateful Emilie accepted the offer. She will be taken
Sunday July 22, 2001, to the Adalbert Founder Home in the
Bavarian town of Waldkraiburg by ambulance from Berlin, said
Joerg Kudlich, head of the home.
But the plans to transport her to the retirement home was put on
hold as she was hospitalized in critical condition on Saturday
July 21. Mrs. Schindler is in intensive care, a transport is out
of the question, said Dr. Hans Pech, head of interior medicine
at the Maerkisch-Oderland Hospital outside Berlin.
Emilie Schindler died Friday night October 5, 2001, in the
Schindler, An Unsung Heroine
The famous Argentine journalist Sol tells that one of her
favorites interviews was on radio with Emilie Schindler: "When I
talked with her I felt a great spirit of love and wisdom in her
words. She's a great woman, a woman of courage and a woman of
love and compassion for others. She did much more than the movie
As to Oscar Schindler Erika Rosenberg had no doubt: 'Emilie
still loved Oscar Schindler', though Emilie was bitter and
disillusioned: 'He gave his Jews everything - and me, nothing.' But
she was capable of expressing both her love and bitterness
towards him in one sentence, calling him a drunk and womanizer,
but also saying: 'If he'd stayed, I'd have looked after him.'
A Memoir Emilie Schindler tells about her inner thoughts, when she
visited his tomb, over thirty-seven years after he left:
last we meet again .. I have received no answer, my dear, I do
not know why you abandoned me .. But what not even your death or
my old age can change is that we are still married, this is how
we are before God. I have forgiven you everything, everything.