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Oskar Schindler Essay

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A GOOD MAN? Is Oscar Schindler a good man? Before beginning the movie, I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that a member of the Nazi party would be anything but a monster. However, after watching "Schindlers List" I have come to the conclusion that Schindler deserves admiration and is nothing less than a good man. Initially, I stood by my original assessment of Schindler being a monster. He was completely self-serving. He moved away from his wife during a time of complete horror, to start up a plant in Krakow. While there he was unfaithful to his wife and when she caught him he simply swooned his way back into the good books. He benefited from the misfortune of the Jewish people. He obtained free, unpaid labor from the Jewish people. When the Jews were cleared out of the ghettos and sent to Amon Goeths labor camp he was only concerned about losing money. When visiting Goeth he said "My people. I want my people"¦ They're mine! Every day that goes by, I'm losing money." He is concerned only for himself. He doesn't give a second thought to what "his people" are enduring. Only profit motivates him. When Schindlers accountant, Itzhak Stern is on a train going to Auschwitz Oscar goes to save him. He doesn't save him because they are friends, or for the fact that it is wrong that the Jews are being sent to Auschwitz, he saves him in order to ensure he is successful in running his plant and he needs Stern to be successful. When a one-armed elderly man who worked at his plant is shot, he wants compensation. He doesn't care about the man, only the money. At this point Schindler appears to be an amoral man.However, as the movie progresses Schindler becomes a hero of sorts. He slowly became aware of the Jewish peoples' tragedy. He repeatedly lies, bluffs, bribes and cajoles in order to employ more Jews. Schindler checks in on Stern, gives him food and ensures he is safe, I believe that he does this not to ensure the success of his plant but because he truly is concerned for Stern.A young woman, who would like him to employ her parents, approaches Schindler. Her parents are old and are located in an area where the elderly are being sent to death camps. She tells him that she hears his plant is a haven, that workers are never killed there. Schindler is mortified by this revelation and orders her out of his office. He is a member of the Nazi party, and if word is out that his plant is a safe place, he is in danger. However, later he takes off his expensive watch and tells Stern to ensure that her parents make it to his plant. This only proves to me that he is not a monster and is on his way to becoming an admirable man.In Schindlers' factory, the Nazi guards are ordered, by Schindler to stay on their side of the fence. He spent every night in his office, in order to ensure that his workers were protected from the Gestapo. The workers receive their meals every day with twice the calorie count of meals at other camps. When food supplies run short, he...

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