“I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn’t stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That’s all there is to it. Really. Nothing more.”¹ Oskar Schindler was a German Nazi that risked his life for others. Many different tactics were used to save these Jewish lives. The most famous tactic used was the “Schindler’s List”,but the real question is why did he do it? All throughout his life he had struggles, but not when it came to doing the right thing. When he wasn’t playing his savior mode, his life as a Nazi was just as ordinary as others. What made him different is that he began to have different beliefs and views. Oskar took a stand for what …show more content…
Oskar Schindler was a guy no one could quite figure out. He was not an ordinary hero; rather he was a gambler, a drinker, a money-hungry German, a womanizer, and a playboy. He made all of the money he was looking for but ended up spending every penny he had made on the Jewish lives he wanted to save because they were so important to him. Oskar was born in Moravia, Brno, Czech Republic on April 28, 1908 and grew up in Zwittau, Moravia. He attended a German language school where there he was popular even though he was not an exceptional student. Forgoing the opportunity to attend college, Oskar went to trade school instead and decided to take many courses in several different areas. He left school in 1924, and was called to the military service in 1928. Afterward, he worked for this father’s company until that business failed due to the economic depression. In 1936, when Oskar was 28, he decided to join Abwehr. Abwehr is the intelligence service of Nazi Germany. Soon after, Oskar was arrested by Czechoslovakia authorities, charged with spying and sentenced to death but was released shortly after by their government under the Munich Agreement.2 While he was looking for business opportunities, he quickly became …show more content…
At first the Jewish people meant nothing to him. He said, “I took their apartments, it made me feel so much better, I felt much more relaxed, and I love it”. But things started to change, the way he looked at things, and his perspective on the Jewish people. So many different types of killings had occurred and it was really starting to make him infuriated. He helped an old man from being killed because he was too slow at his job, so Oskar bought him with just a lighter. After that, it really opened his eyes and showed him that was was blind about everything. He really was seeing all of the bad that was going on around him and wanted a solution. So after that he started saving more people. When he saved a little boy, he didn’t think it was a big deal so he forgot and let it go. He did this with all of the people he saved for a while because he thought if he were to be questioned about it, he would have nothing to hide if he forgot. One day a lady went into his office and said that he knew he was buying Jews to help and save them. She demanded him to buy her parents. This wasn’t the only case when this had happened, it actually happened quite frequently. He would usually get mad because he did not like to be demanded, but then later realized that saving them would be the right thing to do. On April 3, 1943 he
Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal was the “Nazi Hunter” after the Holocaust. He was in five different concentration camps, because he escaped many of them. The first camp he escaped was Ostbahn in October, 1943 then a year later he was recaptured June and was taken to Janowska. Before any of this Simon was an architectural engineer.
After he got out of the camps he later went to become an amazing writer and inspiring speaker. He wrote in his book about all the things that he experienced and wished he could have changed things. “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Because of how he behaves in the narrative, particularly how he was kidnapped from his home and imprisoned in death camps, he establishes his orphan status. He also endured all the sufferings brought on by the Holocaust. Sadness overwhelms him, and all he wants is to get back home. “ Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned
“Oskar could easily have closed his Krakow operations and retreated westward with the profits he had already made. Instead, he chose to risk his life and his money to save as many Jews as he could,” (Forbes 2014). Schindler
He is quick to deny the accusation to his wife and those around him, knowing that the Nazi name will taint him. On the other hand, he embraces the title as he will benefit from it. Ways he justified his actions was disassociating from his work and acting as if nothing had taken place when he was with his family. This is made clear when he omits things from his wife fearing her reaction. He lies to his wife fearing that he could read him better than anyone else.
He lived in this garbage dump with his wife and three-year-old child in someone’s backyard, trying to survive in the cold. They were living in conditions that compared to animals, were definitely worse, and shows to what extent the hand of the Germans went. The Jews were degraded terribly, and forced to live in such dire conditions, which show the effects of dehumanization. Since people had to live in such dreadful circumstances, they would do anything to increase their chances of survival, which could go as far as to betraying your own
Oskar made saving as many Jews as he could as one of his goals. He was having a very hard time trying to keep the Jews from being taken by the Nazi party to go to Auschwitz. He probably wasn't very proud of what he did to save them.
The author Page included Schindler's former wife, Emilie Schindler's opinions about her husband's legacy. Surprisingly, Emilie has criticized Schindler, highlighting his true intentions on helping the Jews, in order to gain attention to help promote her book. Although Schindler's motives remain unknown, the survivors appreciate and only recognize Schindler's bravery. I have to agree, no matter the intentions behind Schindler's actions, Oskar has made a huge impact. If Schindler did not act, as many as 1,300 innocent lives may have been taken.
He felt it was important to relay the lessons he learned, so that others will not have to go through the same hardship, in the future. This reflects Moishe the Beadle’s struggles “Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns” (Wiesel, 6). These monstrous events are the result of not acting because they felt no personal connection. This resulted in not bearing witness, and the massive loss of life during The Holocaust. Making the choice to bear witness needs to be made before it is too late.
Throughout Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg, Oskar Schindler’s character has changed drastically. At the beginning of World War II, Schindler was a womanizing, selfish and manipulative man. After seeing the process that he watched the Jews go through, he realizes the way the Nazis have treated them is unacceptable. Towards the end of the war Schindler has grown due to the experiences he has been through. These experiences have made him a decent, unselfish, and manipulative man.
Schindler 's Transformation Oskar Schindler, a greedy nazi who’d people not expect to ever do anything good had an amazing transformation in his life. He is smart and knows how to get his way. But when most people think rich people are greedy his transformation proves otherwise. Schindler changed in many ways throughout his story. He started out tricking people to make money but ended up saving many Jews and his actions touched the hearts of many people.
At least that’s what I thought. Oskar Schindler was a businessman who was part of the Nazi Party. Oskar showed both sides of being a human, the good and the bad. He started off being manipulative and greedy, like how he only saved Stern so his business could continue running properly. As time goes on, Oskar starts to change and
He needs to continue this role in an effort to persuade his Nazi counterparts to allow his requests. However, we see that the duplicity and inward disgust takes a toll on him, even shouting to Itzhak in frustration “what do you want me to do about it” as the number of deaths increases. As the labor camps close and Jews are being sent to Autzwitz, we see the desperation of Schindler as he tries to increase his efforts to save people. He convinces Goeth that he needs to move his staff to a factory near his hometown.
Consumed with the looks of a strong buisnessman , Schindler's ambition and goals only became bigger after his encounter with the Nazi Generals, leaving his imprint on those that are in his circle. Schindler is a German buisnessman looking for opportunities to help create a buisness,