- Crowning Moment of Awesome: The scene during the insurrection when some Jews working in a crematorium gang up on the Nazi commander who's whipping them and shouting at them and throw him into one of the furnaces.
- Nightmare Fuel: The entire movie, being a portrayal of Auschwitz. People are killed by the dozens at once even outside the gas chambers, prisoners are constantly tortured to death, characters are promptly shot without warning, Mengele's experiments are shown to some extent, victims' corpses are disposed of in furnaces after some of their body parts are recycled first, and the movie ends with the little girl being shot to death. It's the closest thing to Hell on Earth that has ever existed.
- Tear Jerker:
Hoffman: I used to think so much of myself... What I'd make of my life.
- Hoffman's speech to the little girl. The sheer agony in his voice is palpable.
Hoffman: (smiling through tears) We would have been neighbors.
- Hoffman and Rosenthal's tearful words to each other as they're about to die.