Schindler's List

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Schindler's List is a 1993 fictional film based on the novel Schindler's Ark, which in turn is based on the supposed "True Story" of the German Oskar Schindler, who supposedly saved more than a thousand Jews from being killed during the Holocaust, by using them as laborers in his factories.

The movie was directed by the Jewish Steven Spielberg, who also directed the WWII movie Saving Private Ryan.

As is often the case with politically correct Holocaust movies, it has won numerous awards, and it has even been frequently listed as one of the best movies made. See also Jewish influence: Media. Not politically correct critics have criticized it for errors, misrepresentations, misleadingly trying to give the impression of being a documentary, and emotional manipulations, among other criticisms.

Criticisms

Based on a work of fiction

The novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, which the film is based on, is clearly presented as a work of fiction, and indexed by the Library of Congress as such.[1]

The novel has been criticized for many factual errors, such as Heinrich Himmler having confessed gassing Jews, when he in fact condemned the allegation as Allied propaganda.[2]

"There are certain aspects of Keneally's book which Spielberg omitted from the movie. Keneally mentioned that Schindler worked for the powerful Hungarian Jew Rudolf Kastner. Nowhere will this information be found in Schindler's List because in 1944 Kastner helped Eichmann deport hundreds of thousands of Jews to Auschwitz, in return for favorable treatment for Kastner's Zionist cronies. The fact of high level cooperation between Nazis and Zionists was too embarrassing to be included in Spielberg's pro-Zionist film."[2]

Depictions of Germans

Germans are throughout the movie depicted as cruel and committing numerous cruelties. Even Schindler has many negative attributes and no explanation is given in the movie for why he is saving some Jews (see above on Schindler's Zionist associations). The depiction has even been criticized as argued stereotypical "hate propaganda".[1][2]

Argued psychological tricks to incite against Germans include that the movie switches to German whenever German soldiers or SS-men give orders, yell, scream, or engage in any kind of violence.[3]

Depiction of the Holocaust

Criticisms of the movie's Holocaust depiction include that it attempts to downplay problematic aspects with the politically correct version, such as by depicting corpses as burning as easily as wood, and by depicting lice/typhus as minor inconveniences, rather than life-threatening.[1]

A crematory chimney at Auschwitz dramatically spews out flames and heavy smoke from the corpse burning, which is also a common Holocaust witness claim, but that crematories do not do.[1][4]

In contrast to the depiction of Germans as cruel, including the camp guards, the Jewish ghetto police are depicted mainly as bystanders, despite in real life many being accused of being ruthless killers.[2] See also Kapo.

Documentary impression

The movie was deliberately filmed in black-and-white and with unsteady camera work, in order to convey to the audience the impression that the film is a documentary. The fictional move has been in used in Holocaust education and shown to school classes and even entire schools in many countries.[3]

Talmud quote

"Toward the end of the movie, Schindler is shown being presented with an inscribed gold ring by the Jews he rescued. We are told that the inscription is from the Talmud, "He who saves a single life, saves the entire world." (This quotation also appears on posters advertising Schindler's List in video stores and schools, apparently having been selected as the film's motto by its promoters). The saying has a nice, warm, humanistic tenor, but there's just one problem: that's not what the Talmud says. The actual Talmud verse states, "Whosoever preserves a single soul of Israel, Scripture ascribes to him as if he had preserved a complete world" (Tractate Sanhedrin 37a). The Talmud only praises the saving of Jewish lives."[2]

SS prosecution of Amon Göth

Plaszow Holocaust camp commander Amon Göth was depicted by the movie as the main cruel antagonist. The movie does not mention that Göth was prosecuted by the SS. "The crucial truth that Steven Spielberg withheld from his audience is that in September of 1944, Goeth was arrested by the Central Office of the SS Judiciary and imprisoned on charges of theft and the murder of concentration camp inmates. Spielberg was certainly aware of this fact, since the arrest is mentioned in chapter 31 of the book by Keneally upon which the movie is allegedly based."[2][3]

See also the article on the SS Judge Konrad Morgen who investigated Göth and others.

Alleged balcony shootings

The left side shows the film's fiction. The right side shows reality. In reality, the commandant's terrace was downhill, so he could not have shot people in the camps.

In the move, Göth amuses himself by shooting on Jews in the camp from the balcony of his house.

In reality, the house of Göth was in a valley below the camp, between the house and the camp there was a forest, therefore Göth had no chance to see the camp from his house. Anti-revisionists have countered that the infamous balcony shootings may have been from another house, but evidence for this is argued to be lacking.[5]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Schindler’s List, Movie Review http://codoh.com/library/document/2509/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Swindler's Mist: Spielberg's Fraud in Schindler's List http://codoh.com/library/document/488/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Holocaust Handbooks, Volume 15: Germar Rudolf: Lectures on the Holocaust—Controversial Issues Cross Examined 2nd, revised and corrected edition. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?page_id=15
  4. Germar Rudolf, Wolfgang Lambrecht. The Rudolf Report—Expert Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects of the “Gas Chambers” of Auschwitz. Holocaust Handbooks. http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=2
  5. Did Amon Goeth really shoot prisoners from his balcony? (Testimony from his trial). https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/did-amon-goeth-really-shoot-prisoners-from-his-balcony-testimony-from-his-trial/