The Man and the Hero The following are essays created by a class studying the Holocaust. The Man and the Hero by April N. Aberly The purpose of this paper is to shed a different kind of light on who and how we consider a hero.
After the singing of a prayer, the family vanishes from view and the two Sabbath candles burn down. The smoke dissolves and the film becomes black and white into exhaust billowing from a trainload of Jews pulling into a station in Poland, beginning the Jewish persecution.
On the train station platform is a single folding table with items for checking in the Jewish families - ink, stapler, stamp, and a list of names on a clipboard.
At this point the first spoken word is said -- "Name. Who is Oskar Schindler? Classical music on the radio is used as a transition from the train station to a room where a man is dressing in impeccable style and gathering money from various places.
He places a Swastika button on his lapel. The camera follows this unknown man into a nightclub where Nazi officers are gathered. At this point you find out that this gentleman is Oskar Schindler.
Schindler is in Krakow to make money using cheap Jewish labor but he needs Jewish money to finance a company. He hires Itzhak Stern, a Jewish accountant, to recruit Jewish investors and laborers as well as manage the company.
Stern arranges a deal with Jewish businessmen to purchase an enamel factory called Deutsche Emailwaren Fabrik D. Schindler bribes the German officers so they will buy his pots and pans.
Kommandant Amon Goeth, who is a dramatic foil to Schindler, is introduced riding through the ghettos where the Jewish people are divided into two halves -- Ghetto A for "essential" workers and Ghetto B for "non-essential" people.
Schindler as a Savior: Schindler and his mistress, out on a morning horseback ride, are looking down at the Krakow Ghetto when Goeth commands his troops to liquidate everyone in Ghetto B.
Schindler, standing in his office, stars down at the empty factory floor and realizes the implications of the liquidation for his profitable business - his workers are gone. Schindler bribes Goeth and Jews are returned to D. Schindler does not see himself as a savior but as a money-maker.
After this point, unknown to others, Schindler tries to see that the Jews are treated more humanely spraying boxcars full of people with water because they were dying from the heat. Schindler is even arrested for kissing a Jewish girl who brought him a present on his birthday.
Goeth and others plead his case and he is released. Oskar learns that the labor camp at Plaszow was being shut down and that the Jews were being sent to Auschwitz a death camp.
To cover up the slaughter of Jews in the Krakow Ghetto, buried corpses were dug up and burned. Schindler sees the body of the little girl in the red coat being wheeled to the fire.
On the brink of leaving with suitcases packed full of money, his moral conscience speaks to him. Oskar decides to attempt to save as many people as he can with his profits from the war.
His motives unknown to Goeth, Schindler again pays the German Kommandant to let him have his workers for a new armaments factory in his hometown of Brinnlitz, Czechoslovakia. Sterns says to Schindler, "The list is an absolute good.
The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.Essay on Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg, Oskar Schindler We see this characteristic in Schindler being brought forth when he works toward his goal in becoming rich, when he influences some of his self motivation on Goeth, and when Schindler approaches toward his newly changed goal in saving Jews.
Kommandant Amon Goeth, who is a dramatic foil to Schindler, is introduced riding through the ghettos where the Jewish people are divided into two halves -- Ghetto A for "essential" workers and Ghetto B for "non-essential" people/5(1).
Amon Leopold Göth (pronounced ; alternative spelling Goeth; 11 December – 13 September ; audio (help · info)) was an Austrian SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) and the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in Płaszów in German-occupied Poland for most of the camp's existence during World War II.
The year-old Schindler-worker Isak Pila had made the mistake of falling asleep under a table at the factory the same day that Amon Goeth came by for an inspection. When Goeth saw the sleeping boy, he told Oskar Schindler to kill him instantly.
Discussion Questions: After the film has been watched, engage the class in a discussion about the movie. 1. At the beginning of the war, Schindler was a greedy high living war profiteer anxious to make money from the misfortune of the Jews. Sep 21, · Steven Spielberg phones home during the making of ′s ‘Jaws’ (All photos: Everett Collection) This story is being featured as part of our “Yahoo Best Stories of ” series.