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German state offers home to Schindler widow, 94

The German state of Bavaria on Monday offered a home to the widow of German industrialist Oskar Schindler after she said it was her "greatest and last wish" to spend the final years of her life in Germany.

Emilie Schindler, 94, is credited with helping her husband save about 1,300 Jews from the Nazis. She said Friday during a visit to Berlin that she would like to return, adding that she was homesick after more than half a century in Argentina.

Bavaria would be happy to help fulfill her wish, Bernhard Seidenath, a spokesman for the southern state's Ministry of Social Affairs, said Monday. The ministry has contacted a suitable retirement home and wants to discuss the proposal with her, he said.

Schindler and his wife emigrated to Argentina in 1949, but he left her behind in 1958 and returned to Germany, where he died in 1974. At his request, he was buried in Jerusalem.

Oskar Schindler saved Jews by drawing up lists with fictitious jobs in his factory in occupied Poland to convince the Nazi SS the workers were vital to the war effort. The story was dramatized in the 1993 movie Schindler's List.