It started out as a selfish act to find workers to make a profit during the war and ended up a personal journey to help as many as he could survive he atrocities of World War Two.
Schindler's List was a rollercoaster ride of emotions to me. A man who wanted to take advantage of the war for his own greed changed everything after meeting Iztahk Stern, a man who helped Oskar Schindler help himself. Itzahk Stern showed Schindler that the Jews were just people. Hardworking ordinary people who had the same will to live as the rest of the world. Schindler began to see this and did everything in his power to do what he could to make sure as many Jews survived the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.
By employing them he saved them. It got to the point where Schinlder was having them produce non-working items just to keep them out of the camps and in a safe place where they were free from beatings, starvation and disease.
Having visited the Dachau Concentration Camp it is amazing to walk through a piece of History that this book details. How could a people so vehemently hate a people and deny knowing anything happened when it happened right under their noses. To see the emaciated people kept behind wire, to smell the stench of death and disease, to hear the cries of people being stripped of all self being and then to ignore it is a tragedy all in itself. Oskar Schindler tried to take all of that away for the Jews and give them a ray of hope.
If anyone wants to know of a positive side, albeit a small one, of a terrible tragedy, Schindler's List is a story to read.
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