Joe Dean Advocacy Project 7th Period

Schindler’s List

So I decided to watch Schindler’s List with my Dad (Jon Dean) for my advocacy project and I’m glad that I did. I knew all about the Holocaust because we learn about it in school more every year and there’s still more to learn now. After you read the first book that teaches you about the horrors of the Holocaust, you think that all the people who suffered during it had the same story and that they all went through the same thing. Well that’s not the case at all. To summarize Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler is a businessman who is trying to find workers to work in his factory so that he can make money. The thing is, he doesn’t have that money. So he hires an accountant called Itzhak Stern. Stern helps Jews get work permits. At this point, all of the Jews couldn’t work because the Nazis had taken their permits away. Then they started to work for Schindler, but after a short amount of time, they were all taken to concentration camps. The Nazis treated the Jews so impartially that Schindler could take no more of it and offered to buy all of the Jews so that he could take them away from the camps and have them work for him in his factories. He saved 1,100 Polish Jews’ lives. I think kids should have to watch this movie because it opens our eyes to the world around us. It certainly opened mine up a little more. It’s an upsetting movie, yes, but it makes you think about something other than ourselves. I’ve always felt that genocide is wrong. Nothing’s ever come out of it and never will. To persecute someone for what they are is inhumane. It’s terrifying to think that it still goes on today. I can’t even begin to understand why people take part. Genocide is born out of hatred. I often wonder where the humanity is in today’s world.