Schindler’s List

We made it to number 8 on the AFI top 100 (10th Anniversary Edition).  I had seen Schindler’s List in the theatre when it came out in 1993, but hadn’t watched it since then.  I remembered it being incredibly moving, but having now watched it again as an adult instead of a child, it was all the more moving, especially being a mother.  It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

The movie chronicles Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, and his heroic saving of over a thousand Polish Jews during World War II through his employment of them in his factories.  Schindler starts out with the motivation to only make money and take advantage of the labor situation in Poland, but as he develops relationships with them, especially his Jewish business manager, played by Ben Kingsley, Schindler also develops a compassion for them that drives him to rescue as many as he can from the concentration camps.  This transformation is completely revealed through Schindler’s emotion at the end of the movie when we tearfully confesses that he could have done more.

I was totally riveted throughout the movie, even though I already knew what was going to happen.  Ralph Fiennes plays Amon Goth, possibly one of the meanest villains ever and the controller at a concentration camp.  He is really tough to watch at some points.  I feel that this movie is incredibly important to watch as an historic reminder of that period and also as a Christian example of standing up for what is right.  We intend to show this movie to the kids when they study WWII in school and have meaningful discussions with them about this moment in time.


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