This movie and this review is in honor of the six million Jews who died in the concentration camps during world War II.
Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) was a man of many faces. He was a profiteer of slave labor. He was a munitions maker. He was a womanizer, liar, swindler, and a man of many more faults. He started a metal pots factory with Jewish labor that he recruited from the Nazi’s. He paid off the Germans with bribes/gratuities to get the people he wanted. His right hand man was a Jew by the name of Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley). He let Stern run the factory because Schindler did not know how to. He knew how to grease the Germans to get what he wanted but he was no business man. He was a con man.
There was one German Officer Schindler became close to Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes). Goeth was a drunk borderline schizophrenic. He would shoot prisoners simply because he could. Who was going to question a German Officer for killing a Jew. Jews at this time in The Third Reich were not even considered to be human.
Schindler needed Goethe to fill his factory with workers. The two liked to drink and screw any and all women they could put their hands on. Schindler would go through millions of marks during the war. Spending lavishly on his gratuities to the Germans, the parties, and whatever he could get his hands on. This would later come back to haunt him.
Through most of the war Emilie Schindler (Caroline Goodall) would be back home and not a part of all that went on during this time. It was only at the very end when she would be by her husbands side.
It was at the end of the war when Schindler’s factory was making munitions that he would tell the workers not to make a proper shell. That not one shell from his factory would kill anyone. This would help him at Nuremberg and the war crimes trials.
Oskar Schindler made millions of marks during the war and when the war was over he was broke. He had paid for 1100 Jews to work in his factory. He kept a factory open that truthfully made nothing. He saved 1100 Jews from the gas chamber.
In all my reviews I don’t usually tell the ending of the story or the movie. This is different. This is life in amongst a whole lot of death. This is humanity when all around was a whole lot of inhumanity. This is not a movie that you go to see for what happens in the end. This is a movie that you go to see to celebrate life. It was at the end of the war when Schindler was faced with the truth that with all the money he wasted during the war he could have saved so many more people.
Director Steven Spielberg has made many wonderful films in his career but it is Schindler’s List that is closest to his heart. You see Steven Spielberg is a Jew. In this movie Spielberg has left his imprint on the Human Race. He has told a story of a con man who later grew a heart. He tells a story of how 1100 Jews at the time of the making of this movie grew to 6000. Twenty years later it could be well over ten thousand.
Oskar Schindler over the years has been called many things but the one thing you can say about the man is that he saved 1100 people when they could have easily been taken to Auschwitz and gassed.
This is a movie that must be seen by generations to come. This is a movie that at least once in your life you must see.
You see man can never be as cruel or inhumane as was The Third Reich. This can never happen again.