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A Swiss security guard who revealed that a bank was shredding Holocaust-era documents said he was inspired to take action by the movie "Schindler's List."

Christoph Meili, who lost his job and was forced to flee death threats and hate mail in his homeland, spoke at a ceremony Monday where he was hailed as a hero and granted permanent residency status in the United States.

Meili said spotting documents about to be shredded reminded him of the moment in the film when Oskar Schindler, a businessman, sat on a horse on a hill and watched Jews being rounded up and their property stolen.

"It was for me the same situation," he said of the moment when he noticed ledger books of loans from 1920-1926, including some to German firms, and property dealings from 1930-1970.

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