Schindler heir sues over fake list

(JTA) — A dealer in historic documents is being sued for allegedly trying to sell a fake copy of Schindler’s List.

An heir to Oskar Schindler’s widow filed suit last Friday against upstate New York dealer Gary Zimet in order to halt the $2.2 million sale, the New York Daily News reported.

Zimet announced in March that he was selling the list, allegedly one of four surviving original lists in the United States, on behalf of an anonymous seller.

Marta Rosenberg, an Argentine woman who wrote a biography of Schindler and his widow, Emilie, contends that the will of Schindler’s widow gives Rosenberg the exclusive rights to anything that belonged to the couple, the newspaper reported.

The list, dated April 18, 1945, is 13 pages and contains 801 names. It was compiled by Schindler and his accountant, Itzak Stern, and made famous decades later in the Oscar-winning film "Schindler’s List."

Several copies of the list were written. The four surviving original lists are in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the German federal archives in Koblenz and two at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

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