Oskar Schindler grew up in a prosperous Catholic family with all the privileges money could buy. He grew up to be a German industrialist, spy, and a member of the Nazi Party, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews than any other from the deathly events of World War॥. With the help of his wife, Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his ammunition and enamelware factories, spending millions bribing the SS, and eventually risking his life to rescue the Schindler-Jews (“The Oscar Schindler Story”)
At the beginning Germany conquered Poland and WWII begins in Europe. All jews were forced to relocate and register. Krakow became the the capital of German occupied Poland and was one of the biggest jewish ghettos. The Jewish people were not treated well but the germans during this period of time and although they were mistreated they still did not have a "fear" it of them it was more of a "hatred". Oskar Schindler meets his future accountant and business partner Isaac Stern in a church known for black market investors. He negotiates with stern and men from an enamelware factory that had filed for bankruptcy. Schindler Takes over this factory and with the help of jewish Stern starts to hire jewish workers because they are cheaper than the
Are you listening? The Jewish worker’s salary, you pay it directly to the SS, not the worker. He gets nothing.” Schindler: “But it’s less. It’s less than what I would pay a Pole…Poles cost more. Why should I hire Poles?” Stern’s explanation of how the Jewish salaries get paid to the Reich Economic Office, instead of the Jewish workers shows us how the Nazis were using the Jewish people as an economic work force. This made them incredibly rich, and Oskar Schindler as a Nazi party leader is drawn into their greed. At the beginning if the film this shows Schindler shows no sympathy or compassion for the Jews, he only can see the potential to line his pockets with more profit. This made me consider how many good people, under the bad influence of propaganda and racism can do inhumane and selfish acts and then can somehow manage to justify it to themselves. Schindler’s List is a very powerful film that presents ideas of propaganda, greed and anti-Semitism influenced upon Amon Goeth and Oskar Schindler to dehumanise the Jewish
Schindler's List is one of the most powerful movies of all time. It presents the indelible true story of enigmatic German businessman Oskar Schindler who becomes an unlikely saviour of more than 1100 Jews amid the barbaric Nazi reign. A German Catholic war profiteer, Schindler moved to Krakow in 1939 when Germany overran Poland. There he opens an enamelware factory that, on the advice of his Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern, was staffed by Jews from the nearby forced labour camp at Plaszow. Schindler's factory prospered though his contacts with the Nazi war machine and its local representatives, as well as his deft skill on the black market. Then, somewhere along the way, Schindler's devotion to self-interest was
As the war dwindled down, the Bilecki family lingered to their Polish home. Though they were rich in heart, the friction between the slips of tinted cash and the jangling of the metal coins were the only sound that seemed to be worth hearing. Sadly, for them there was a lack of it. The Jews that they saved acted as their guardian angel, as the Bilecki clan did for them. From all around the world, across the sea, the Jews kept them from malnutrition and naked chills. It wasn’t until 1998 that the secret of the Bilecki kindness was unveiled. Not only did they get the recognition they deserve, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous had planned an infinitesimal surprise. Waiting, as the sounds of aircrafts roared, stood five of the survivors the Bilecki family had guided to asylum. The vulnerability of the raw moment was exposed as they shared their tears. The applause throbbed emphatically like the robust flapping of an angel’s wings. Their life saving feat did not go unacknowledged by the Righteous Among the Nations. Their unselfish deeds of valor and grace set themselves into being heroes.
The Nazi’s went day after day without feeding the Jewish individuals. When the Nazi’s gave the Jews food, it was extremely scarce while it still had to be rationed out to others. The documentary stated that “ if they were given food it would be stale bread and the guard would toss water at them.” Not only were the Jewish starved as if they were animal, but they would be called by a number on their arm rather than their name. The tattoo on their arm was a reminder that they were not people, but they were simply the number on their arm. The Nazi’s also killed thousands of people appoximatly an hour after they arrived at camp. After the Jews were killed the Nazi’s would strip the Jews of their values such as gold teeth, jewelry, etc. Whether the Jewish individuals were dead or alive, they were treated like animals with no way
The enamelware factory that he purchased was in Krakow Poland. He employed 1750 people and which there were 1000 Jewish workers. Schindler wanted to protect his workers from the Nazis, and other officials that would tell on him. He began to bribe Nazi officials and anyone who he thought that was a threat to his factories. He gave larger bribes as time went on, and started getting more broke. He even purchased black market luxury items for the Nazis officials. By the end of the war, Schindler's had spent his whole fortune. He would never prosper again, but then relied on the gifts. and money from the Jews he saved. Oskar Schindler opened an enamelware for Jews for polish workers to at. According to Oskar Schindler untold stories, ¨ After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Oskar Schindler set up an enamelware factory in Krakow that used a combination of Jewish workers interred by the Germans and free Polish workers¨ (Stuart
Oskar Schindler saved thousands of Jewish people from the horrible tragedy that was the Holocaust. Some would say, at one point in Schindler 's life, he was an aryan man with no financial problems whatsoever. Schindler was truly a brave man that sacrificed his life for many others. Schindler simply saved others out of the goodness from his heart. “Oskar Schindler (1908-1974) was born on April 28, 1908, in Svitavy (Zwittau), Moravia, at that time a province of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy” (Holocaust Encyclopedia). “Schindler grew up with all the privileges money could buy. He was born Catholic…” (Jewish Virtual Library). “Oscar’s parents Johann Schindler and Francisca nee Luser were both Germans from Silesia, who had settled in Svitavy, where he worked in insurance, and the selling of electrical generators for domestic purposes, and dealing with farm machinery” (Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team). “A sister Elfriede was born in 1915 - Oskar was very close to her, as was his relationship with his mother. After leaving full time education, Schindler worked in the family business in Svitavy, after a short break he commuted to Brno, where he worked for an electrical company called Moravska Elektotechnica (M.E.A.S.), as a representative.” “After attending a series of trade schools in Brno and marrying Emilie Pelzl in 1928, Schindler held a variety of jobs, including working in his father 's farm machinery business in Svitavy, opening a driving school in Sumperk, and
Although he is a Nazi, Oskar Schindler stood up against the Nazis because he was swayed by the brutality of the Nazis on Jews (although it is actually unknown why he really did it) and saved around 1,200 Jews from death from Nazi concentration camps by bribing Nazi officers to free Jews, employing Jews in his factories, and spending all of his money on anything that ensures his Jewish workers are fed and cared properly.
Schindler is a hunted war criminal for the Jews he used for slave labor. So, in one of the last scenes, as Schindler and his wife prepares to flee from the state, the Schindler Jews gave Schindler a gold ring, engraved with the quotation, “whoever saves one life saves the entire world” from the Talmud, the book of Jewish law. The former workers know there is no way they can repay Schindler for saving their lives, but they want him to know that by saving them, he in turn saved humanity. The quotation that supports one person can make a difference. If one person shows humanity to another, they demonstrate the continuing existence of humanity in society. Selflessness, and kindness must exist and as long as one good person exists, good will still
Oskar Schindler faced many conflicts in his life. The main conflict he faced was overcoming the Nazis and saving over one thousand Jewish People. Schindler, with out a job at the time, joined the Nazi Party and followed on the heels of the SS when the Germans invaded Poland. This is when Schindler took over two previously Jewish owned companies that dealt with the manufacture and sales of enamel kitchenware products and opened up his own enamel shop right outside of Krakow near the Jewish ghetto. There, he employed mostly Jewish workers, which saved them from being deported to labor camps. Though twice the Gestapo arrested him, he got released because of his many connections and with many bribes. Most
[War] brings out the worst in people. Never the good, always the bad. Even in the midst the devastation of a national genocide, where one race turned against another in hate, good people existed and worked to counteract the hate through love and compassion. Oskar Schindler was one of these people. World War II provided him the means to become a very wealthy and powerful man, yet he did not exploit the Jews like many other businessmen during his time. He used his money and power to save thousands. Much can be learned from what happened during the holocaust and what Schindler did to save thousands of Jews.
Watching Schindler's list I decided to focus on Oskar Schindler. Throughout the movie Schindler personal emotions change on the war. In the beginning we see that it was a good thing for business that nothing else mattered as long as he made money. When Jews would come up he wouldn't care about them because he knew he could manipulate them and earn more money since they needed him. Schindler didn't really care for the Jews and what would happen to them. We see that Schindler only concern is that his business profits in the war. His concern for going to parties were to make connection that would better his money earning business. Money was his only concern which is why he went out seeking a jew. Since having a jew made it so they could be payed less than a normal person and they would be to scared to not do work. If he got a Jew it would earn him more money than hiring a German accountant. After getting an accountant he goes and seek workers for his factory. The workers are Jews since they don't need to be payed to be working. We later learn that his wife influences him with making business and wanting to succeed. He came from a place where he had nothing and is just beginning to make it. Hes making so much money he doesn't know what to do and he thanks the war for that. With his business doing so well he starts to care about his workers. He cares about them because he needs them to continue making the money.He starts really caring about his accountant Stern he makes sure he
The story is about Oskar Schindler, a German entrepreneur who opens an enamelware factory in Poland with money from Jewish investors.