Nazi Holocaust: “Schindler's List” Essay

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Nazi Holocaust: “Schindler's List” Robert Gault Saint Leo University Death & the Meaning of Life REL-424 Professor Bonds May 25, 2013 Nazi Holocaust: “Schindler's List” Schindler's List has been argued as Steven Spielberg's greatest film. The truth is that this movie was Spielberg's masterpiece as a director. The movie itself is in majority a sad one, I like to think of myself as an optimist and even when I am watching the movie it is hard to find the good hidden amongst the bad. This movie is not just a movie, but also a documentary that investigates into the past to find self-respect, courage and honor within an evil society. In 1939, the Germans had moved Polish Jews to the Krakow Ghetto as World War II began. Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German businessman, relocated from Moravia to Krakow Germany hoping to make a fortune as a war profiteer. Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, faced incredible odds when he gave himself the task of freeing the Jewish people. If he had been caught he would have been executed and I have no doubt that the Jews he was protecting would have been shot as well. To say that Oscar Schindler was anything less than a saint would be blasphemy in my opinion. Schindler continues enjoying military support by bribing Goeth, a SS Lieutenant, into allowing him to build a sub-camp for his workers, so that he can keep his factory running smoothly and protect them. As time passes, Schindler tries to save as many lives as he can. As the war shifts, Goeth is ordered to ship the remaining Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Schindler prepares to leave Kraków with his fortune. He finds himself unable to do so, however, and prevails upon Goeth to allow him to keep his workers so he can move them to a factory in his old home of Zwittau-Brinnlitz, away from the Final Solution, the execution of millions of Jews. Although he exploited

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