No movie is more important to our survival as a species. I watch Schindler’s List multiple times in a year or at least once during the end of the every year. It’s a ritual, a tradition of a kind. I watch the movie and spend the rest of the day in silent thought. I know it sounds weird, but it really helps me ground myself back in reality.
In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List brought to the screen a story that had gone untold since the tragic events of the Holocaust. Oskar Schindler, a Nazi party member, used his pull within the party to save the lives 1200 Jewish individuals by recruiting them to work in his Polish factory based on the novel by Thomas Keneally (originally titled Schindler’s Ark)
1. Even if you cannot stop a great wrong, you can do something that will be very meaningful.
2. Heroes are not always exemplars of integrity and sacrifice. Oskar Schindler worked for the Nazis and was for much of his life an opportunist and self-promoter. Keneally once said that what interested him about Schindler was “the fact that you couldn’t say where opportunism ended and altruism began. And I like the subversive fact that the spirit breathe where it will. That is, that good will emerged from the most unlikely places.” No one is perfect.
4. Schindler was able to save 1200 people by insisting that they were essential employees in his business and contributing to Germany’s wartime efforts. This shows that people in business can — and must — make as much or an even greater contribution to the public good as government and non-profits.
5. To quote the line from the Talmud in ring given to Schindler by the Jews he saved:
“Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”
6. The necessity of sacrifice. Schindler could have kept his money for himself, but he decided to sacrifice his own plans and desires to save lives. He did not plan on the Holocaust happening. It just did, and he realized he had to do something about it.
7. Those with power and money should use their position to help the weak. If Schindler had not helped those Jews, who would have?
8. Love is more powerful than hate. A generation of young people in Germany was taught that Jews were not human and that they should be hated and scorned.
9. This stories touches our hearts and what it means to be human. This movie shows us that in the midst of unspeakable suffering, the love of God shines brightest.
A must watch movie for everyone in a life time which will stay in your heart forever.
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