The Movie That Moved Me



This movie affected me, not only because of the subject matter (Holocaust), but because I personally know Holocaust survivors. I attended the film with a dear friend who happened to know people who were on the list. Not only did it reinforce my belief that not all Germans were Nazis, it also highlighted the personal transformation of a man who initially made choices purely on the basis of pragmatism. Oskar Schindler may not have been a sterling example of virtue, but he saved over 1100 lives through his employing Jews in his 'munitions factory'- a factory that never did turn out any usable weapons to the Nazi regime. What started out as 'business' became the means of salvation for many. Ironically, Schindler spent most of the money he made during the war in efforts to keep his workers off of the death transports. He never succeeded in any of his post-war business ventures. As emotionally draining as the movie was, one comment from my Shoah-surviving companion stayed with me more than any other visual atrocity. "It is one thing to see Auswich, it is another thing to smell it." This from one who had seen far too much, and yet survived without hatred, malice, or a thirst for revenge.

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