Oskar Schindler's List

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“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

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