Hero As Schinder Essay

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Truly Hero If a hero is someone who risks their life for others, then Oskar Schindler is a truly a hero. He was a man of great integrity, virtue and valor during World War II and throughout his life. I've tried to express what kind of a life and person Oskar Schindler was, and I ask you to evaluate yourself and decide if you could take the kind of risks Oskar Schindler did. As you learn about a man full of flaws just like the rest of us, I know that you too will appreciate the fact that an ordinary man can do extraordinary things. What is a hero? A hero is one who has good manners, respectful, generous, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, and responsible. A hero can be any number of things. A hero can be someone who loves and cares for you, someone you look up to, or maybe someone ordinary who does the extraordinary. Many people think of their favorite athlete or rockstar. Some may think of a famous speaker or activist. Whatever the case may be, most everyone has a hero. A person who I think heroic would be Oskar Schindler. He is a hero to thousands of Jews currently living across the United States and Europe because he risked his life and spent all he had to save a race of people his country was so against. He saved more than 1,200 human lives during the Holocaust of World War II and he is considered one of the greatest heroes of this century. Oskar Schindler was born on April 18, 1908 in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary. Both his mother and father (Louisa and Hans Schindler) were German and they both were deeply religious. His father owned a farm machine factory, which was to be inherited by Oskar when he grew up. His mother was a homemaker and he had one sister named Elfriede who was seven years younger then him. The Schindler family was one of the richest and most prominent families in Zwitlau and elsewhere. This was due to the success of their family owned machinery business. Schindler himself was a very tall and handsome man. Needless to say, all the young women adored him. He married Emilie Schindler at nineteen, but was never without a mistress or two. Hard drinking and feckless, he had the soul of a gambler, winning big and losing bigger. In 1929, during the Great Depression, the Schindler family business went bankrupt. At this time, Schindler's father left his mother, and she died soon after. He became a machinery salesman when opportunity came knocking in the guise of the war. According to his situation from the above, how can this man be consider a hero? What would possess him, with all of his power and money, to risk his own life to save the lives of thousands of people he has never met? How did he do it?...

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