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June 1, 1999


Drudge, June 1, 1999 -- "Steven Spielberg only gave me $50,000 for making a film about the Holocaust and my husband, and he never ask me permission, he just did it."

Emilie Schindler is angry, again.

After causing commotion with her autobiography in 1996, at the age of 91, the widow of Oskar, the hero of Spielberg's Oscar-winning SCHINDLER'S LIST, is trying once again to put the historical record straight and get her just reward while she still has the time.

"I saved many Jews, too -- more than Oskar did," Mrs. Schindler says in an interview set to air on German television Monday night.

And she now wants Spielberg to pay!

Schindler is now demanding full and appropriate recompense from Spielberg for the blockbuster film.

She is asking for 6 percent of the boxoffice proceeds and says she will pursue the matter through the courts if necessary.

Steven Spielberg could not be reached for immediate comment.

Spielberg's movie, Emilie Schindler says, was simply incorrect. "What does he know about my life? Absolutely nothing."

In the past, Spielberg has said: "She had praised the film to me personally."

In the interview on Monday night, Schindler insists it was she, not Oskar, who signed the documents that placed more than a thousand Jews into her husband's small armaments factory, saving them from certain death in Auschwitz.

Mrs. Schindler has lashed out at her husband for his infidelity:

"What did I think? I'll tell you. Scheisskopf [s---head]. But I was the idiot for falling in love with him. I am never going to cry; there is no sense in it. Schindler changed women like he changed suits. Once, we were well-off, but then we lost everything and he abandoned me and I have not recovered."

And Mrs. Schindler has made the shocking claim: There was never anything called a 'Schindler's List'!

"There never was a 'Schindler's List'. It was drawn up by a man called Goldman. This man took money to put a name on that list - no money, no place on the list. I was told this by a Dr Schwartz, in Vienna; he had paid in diamonds to save his wife...

"Hah! Neither of us was a hero," Mrs. Schindler said. "Oskar was always complex; he was playing both extremes, always, even at the end with Nazis against the Jews."


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