History Film / SchindlersList

17th Jul '16 7:54:26 PM KingClark
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* AdaptationalHeroism: A nominal example. In spite of Amon Goeth's atrocities shown in the film, compared to what happened in RealLife, his monstrous actions are presented a much more mundane light (while still remaining creepy and unsympathetic). The real Goeth was something of a CardCarryingVillain in that many of his actions against his prisoners (such as feeding them alive to his dogs) were considered [[RealityIsUnrealistic too unrealistic]] to show on film. It speaks volumes about him as a person that his portrayal as a monster in in the film is a {{Historical Villain|Upgrade}} ''[[InvertedTrope Downgrade]]'' from what actually happened.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Ironically enough, Oskar Schindler gets a bit of this when compared to what happened in RealLife. The real Schindler was in favor of saving as many Jewish people as he could from the beginning. In the film, he's not immediately concerned with what's happening until he understands the full extent of what the Nazis are doing. Obviously, this is done for the sake of the movie's narrative rather than to disrespect Schindler's legacy.
16th Jun '16 8:08:00 PM Fireblood
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* [[HistoricalDowngrade Historical Hero Downgrade]]: In RealLife Schindler knew about the mass murder of Jews from the outset (they began almost immediately in 1939; historical debate concerns asking from what point "mass murder" turned into KillEmAll) and did not need convincing by Stern or experience to save them. He was also in contact with several Jewish groups in other countries trying to make them aware of what was happening. Anecdotal evidence also suggests Schindler was secretly a member, or at least an associate, of the UsefulNotes/{{Abwehr}}, German military intelligence, which was run by one Admiral Canaris, who was [[MoleInCharge secretly a member]] of the ant-Nazi German Resistance. Schindler knew ''exactly'' what the Nazis were like before the war even started.

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* [[HistoricalDowngrade Historical Hero Downgrade]]: In RealLife Schindler knew about the mass murder of Jews from the outset (they began almost immediately in 1939; historical debate concerns asking from what point "mass murder" turned into KillEmAll) and did not need convincing by Stern or experience to save them. He was also in contact with several Jewish groups in other countries trying to make them aware of what was happening. Anecdotal evidence also suggests Schindler was secretly also a member, or at least an associate, member of the UsefulNotes/{{Abwehr}}, German military intelligence, which was run by one Admiral Canaris, who was [[MoleInCharge secretly a member]] of the ant-Nazi German Resistance. Schindler knew ''exactly'' what the Nazis were like before the war even started.



** The one-armed old man who personally thanks Schindler for giving him a job, the next day he is executed by SS officers, because.

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** The one-armed old man who personally thanks Schindler for giving him a job, the job-the next day he is executed shot by SS officers, just because.
11th Jun '16 8:01:04 AM TotemicHero
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15th May '16 1:44:02 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: The film and its entire premise runs on this trope; its focus is on a small number (by comparison) of Jews that were spared the Holocaust thanks to Schindler's actions. This example proves TropesAreNotBad, because if one wants nothing but depressing news about the Holocaust, you can certainly find it elsewhere.
10th Apr '16 10:41:01 AM LeedsKing
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In sharp contrast to Hugo Boss, Siemens, Volkswagon, and the other employers of "Undesirable" slave labor (i.e. every company in Germany) Schindler actively endeavoured to keep his workforce alive and even preserve 'unskilled' workers who were not useful to him. The film's title comes from the "lists" he kept of skilled workers that he could not afford to lose--those lists eventually grew to include every one of his workers, their families, and the investors who had helped him buy the factory. At great personal risk and financial cost (he bankrupted himself ), Schindler saved more than a thousand people from the SS.

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In sharp contrast to Hugo Boss, Siemens, Volkswagon, Volkswagen, and the other employers of "Undesirable" slave labor (i.e. every company in Germany) Schindler actively endeavoured to keep his workforce alive and even preserve 'unskilled' workers who were not useful to him. The film's title comes from the "lists" he kept of skilled workers that he could not afford to lose--those lists eventually grew to include every one of his workers, their families, and the investors who had helped him buy the factory. At great personal risk and financial cost (he bankrupted himself ), Schindler saved more than a thousand people from the SS.
10th Apr '16 10:35:30 AM LeedsKing
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** While Goeth's men are digging up and burning all the corpses buried near the Plaszow camp, one of them starts raving wildly and shooting at the massive pyre.

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** While Goeth's men are digging up and burning all the corpses buried near the Plaszow Płaszów camp, one of them starts raving wildly and shooting at the massive pyre.



** Julius Madritsch, the other kindly industrialist who ultimately decides not to collaborate with Schindler, did in fact save many hundreds of his workers and other Jewish prisoners by granting them a haven in his sewing workshop and helping to smuggle them out of the ghetto to freedom. Among other schemes, he had his workers' children smuggled into the workshop in cloth sacks, and had around 100 of their names added to Schindler's list before the liquidation of Plaszow. Like Oskar and Emilie Schindler, he was honoured as a "Righteous Among the Nations".

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** Julius Madritsch, the other kindly industrialist who ultimately decides not to collaborate with Schindler, did in fact save many hundreds of his workers and other Jewish prisoners by granting them a haven in his sewing workshop and helping to smuggle them out of the ghetto to freedom. Among other schemes, he had his workers' children smuggled into the workshop in cloth sacks, and had around 100 of their names added to Schindler's list before the liquidation of Plaszow.Płaszów. Like Oskar and Emilie Schindler, he was honoured as a "Righteous Among the Nations".



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Stern never drinks, and is even called out by Schindler for this. When Schindler learns that everyone in the Plaszow camp (including Stern) is to be sent to Auschwitz, he says he was planning to have a drink with Stern after the war. Stern decides to take him up on the offer then and there, not knowing if he will live that long.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Stern never drinks, and is even called out by Schindler for this. When Schindler learns that everyone in the Plaszow Płaszów camp (including Stern) is to be sent to Auschwitz, he says he was planning to have a drink with Stern after the war. Stern decides to take him up on the offer then and there, not knowing if he will live that long.
20th Mar '16 10:38:48 PM Timjames98
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* LesCollaborateurs: Subverted with one boy who was a member of The Jewish Police. He hides Danka Dresner Nazis, then afterwards takes her and her mother Chaja to "the good line" so they'll be put to work instead of being executed..
16th Mar '16 2:54:05 AM Wuz
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* [[HistoricalDowngrade Historical Hero Downgrade]]: In RealLife Schindler knew about the mass murder of Jews from the outset (they began almost immediately in 1939; historical debate concerns asking from what point "mass murder" turned into KillEmAll) and did not need convincing by Stern or experience to save them. He was also in contact with several Jewish groups in other countries trying to make them aware of what was happening. Anecdotal evidence also suggests Schindler was secretly a member, or at least an associate, of the {{Abwehr}}, German military intelligence, which was run by one Admiral Canaris, who was [[MoleInCharge secretly a member]] of the ant-Nazi German Resistance. Schindler knew ''exactly'' what the Nazis were like before the war even started.

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* [[HistoricalDowngrade Historical Hero Downgrade]]: In RealLife Schindler knew about the mass murder of Jews from the outset (they began almost immediately in 1939; historical debate concerns asking from what point "mass murder" turned into KillEmAll) and did not need convincing by Stern or experience to save them. He was also in contact with several Jewish groups in other countries trying to make them aware of what was happening. Anecdotal evidence also suggests Schindler was secretly a member, or at least an associate, of the {{Abwehr}}, UsefulNotes/{{Abwehr}}, German military intelligence, which was run by one Admiral Canaris, who was [[MoleInCharge secretly a member]] of the ant-Nazi German Resistance. Schindler knew ''exactly'' what the Nazis were like before the war even started.
12th Mar '16 12:06:59 PM morenohijazo
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* RainOfSomethingUnusual: A scene in which Schindler is walking outside to his car there are children running out playing in what looks like snow. But when Shindler wipes it off his car one can see that it is actually ash that has come from a death camp.
16th Feb '16 4:28:40 PM LongLiveHumour
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* WickedCultured: During the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto, an SS officer is happily playing on a piano amidst all the executions occuring around him.
** It was Bach, despite what the two obviously less-than-cultured soldiers at the door said. (Prelude to the 2nd English Suite) This troper feels the music fit in, what with its rapid-fire percussive staccato nature lining up with the gunfire and muzzle flashes peppering the night.

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* WickedCultured: During the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto, an SS officer is happily playing on a piano amidst all the executions occuring around him.
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him. It was Bach, despite what the two obviously less-than-cultured soldiers at the door said. said (Prelude to the 2nd English Suite) This troper feels the Suite). The music fit right in, what with its rapid-fire percussive staccato nature lining up with the gunfire and muzzle flashes peppering the night.
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