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Schindler's List

Six million Jewish residents of Eastern Europe were exterminated during the Holocaust of the 1940’s. Families were taken out of their homes and put into ghettos, which were large prison type establishments that housed dozens of people in one small apartment. They were then separated from their families, “men to the left and women to the right”, and were placed in concentration camps, where most of them were killed and cremated. In 1993, Steven Spielberg directed a film, Schindler’s List, that depicted the life of one man who risked his life and money to save the few Jewish families he could. This man, Oskar Schindler, ran a factory, which kept the prisoners from being sent to their death. The horror that this group of people had to go through at the hands of the Nazis is shown extremely well by even a few of the dramatic moments in this film. At the beginning of the film, there is a scene where the Jews are made to leave their homes and move to the ghetto. They pack all the belongings they can fit in one suitcase except for their gold, silver, and anything else that was of great value, which was taken by the SS soldiers. There is one specific family in this scene that is from the richest part of the town. They are having the hardest time trying to decide what to bring and what not to bring because they own so many lovely things. After they have decided, they leave their house and begin to walk with the rest of the community to their new home in the ghetto. On the way there many town residents, who were thrilled to see that these “rats”, as the Jews were known as, were leaving their country, confronted them. There is one girl in particular that screams at the Jews as they are leaving. She screams “Goodbye Jews, Goodbye Jews”, while she waves. This shows that these Germans had no idea what was to happen to their fellow man or they did not even care what happened to them. The audience receives an appalling ...

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