Unit 1 Schindler's List
? Pre-seeing activity:
Read the following introduction to the film Schindler's List and have a general
idea of the film.
When the German Army invaded Poland in 1939, a swarm of carpetbaggers trailed after it, eager for the spoils of empire. They were the black marketers and middlemen, the young sharks who knew how to get a general drunk and leave with a contract in their pockets. Among them was a young Sudeten German named Oskar Schindler, who had a reputation for womanizing and giving lavish parties for his influential friends. Schindler knew how to make a bureaucrat happy, and he was rewarded with one of Cracow's plums. He was appointed Aryan treuhandler -read plunderer - of a prosperous Jewish-owned enamelware factory.
It was good to be an enterprising young
German in Cracow in 1939. There was a
problem, though, which Schindler
experienced firsthand in the anguished faces
of the Jewish workers at his newly acquired
factory. A stream of directives had made
Jewish life increasingly precarious in Cracow.
Walls went up around a suburb, and the city's
Jews were packed into it, half a dozen to a
room. Schindler shrugged uncomfortably and
hoped that these excesses would soon stop.
They were the exuberance of empire, the
unruly high spirits of various unpleasant
elements in the occupying forces, in particular
the SS, those puritans who swallowed ideology the way Schindler swallowed cognac. Meanwhile he dropped hints to some of his Jewish workers about upcoming Aktions by the SS, which he had gleaned during his drinking parties with the colonels, captains and supervisors.
History would not normally be concerned with such a man as Oskar Schindler, a mere minor player in the sybaritic night life of a small Polish city during an unspeakable war. But his
story is not an exact
science, and Oskar
Schindler is remembered,
as few men have ever
been, in the testimony of
1,300 Jewish workers
who escaped Poland's
cities of death because
Schindler, against every
probability, became a
possessed man, ready to
risk everything in a
daring, almost flaunted mission of rescue.
The versatile Australian novelist, Thomas Keneally, tells the true story of Schindler's rescue effort in this remarkable book which has the immediacy and the almost unbearable detail of a thousand eyewitnesses who forgot nothing. The story is not only Schindler's. It is the story of Cracow's dying ghetto and the forced labor camp outside of town, at Plaszow. It is the story of Amon Goeth, Plaszow's commandant and Schindler's dark twin. Like Schindler, Goeth loved women and fine cognac; like Schindler, he was sleek, overweight. If Schindler raked in the profits from his Emalia factory, Goeth raked them in from the plundered suitcases of Jews, the gold teeth, the extorted diamonds. If Schindler saved Jews, Goeth killed them: singly, as when he picked off workers with a rifle from his front porch, or in bunches,
as when he ordered lines of inmates
up a hill to be killed by his Ukrainian
guards and buried in the woods.
Goeth was distressed that his black
market friend, Oskar Schindler, had
been infected by the Jewish ''virus,'' as
Goeth put it, but he helped Schindler
almost whimsically in his
embarrassing crusade: When millions
were dying, what did it matter that a
thousand lived a year or so longer?
Such was Cracow during the war: a
hallucination, madness, and it drove Oskar Schindler to his own saving madness.
According to Mr. Keneally, who absorbed archives of eyewitness material in a remarkably short time, it began in earnest one summer day in 1942, when Schindler and his latest mistress were riding on horseback in the hills surrounding Cracow. Below them stretched a suburb with a wall around it, the new ghetto. Shouts drifted up the grassy slope, an SS Aktion was in course. Schindler saw Jews being driven out of houses, lined up and sorted with the crazed orderliness that was the signature of the killing machine. On one street, a man resisted, and an SS soldier shot him in the head. Schindler noticed a little girl in a red coat turn around to watch. The SS soldier patted her on the head and coaxed her back into the line. Schindler got off his horse and threw up. He understood now that the SS did not care who witnessed these acts, because the witnesses, even the little girl in the red coat, would die too. Death would erase the Jews, and also the killing.
1. In your opinion, what kind of man is a good man? And what is your definition of a hero?
2. Did Oskar Schindle had a good reputation at the beginning of the war? 3. What made Oskar Schindle change his mind and decide to save the Jews ? 4. If you are Oskar Schindle, would you save the Jews just as him?
? Seeing the classical part of Schindler's List.
? Post-seeing activity
Part 1: Enjoy the classical lines of the film together and try to recite them. Classical lines:
1. The truth, Helen, is always the right answer.
2. Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. 今天是历史性的一天(今天将会被永远记住。很多年以后(年轻人将会用崇敬和
3. I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more.
4. Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
5.There will be generations because of what you did.
6；This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people.
7. whoever saves one life ,saves the world entire .
8. The list is an absolute good ,the list is life ,All around its margins lies the gulf
9. Look, All you have to do is tell me what it's worth to you. What's a person worth to you?
10. I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't!
11. They cast a spell on you, you know, the Jews. When you work closely with them, like I do, you see this. They have this power. It's like a virus. Some of my men are infected with this virus. They should be pitied, not punished. They should receive treatment because this is as real as typhus. I see it all the time. It's a matter of money? Hmm?
Part 2: Find the word or expressions for each of the following meanings from the film lines.
1. _________ march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation 2. _________ have amorous affairs
3. _________ having or exercising influence or power 4._________ someone who takes spoils or plunder 5. _________ somebody whose job is to oversee and guide the work or
activities of a group of other people.
6. _________ an officer in command of a military organization
7. _________ to rob a place or steal goods or money by fraudulent means
8. _________ formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
? Seeing for writing
Discuss the film in groups and then ask students to write a review of the film. Review，
Save one life, save the world
I spent more than three hours reading “Schindler’s list” quietly which is a known as the tour de force, won the seven Oscar Award for the film. When the movie was over, I touched by nameless and shocked inexplicably. Against the background of the film is based on the German fascists during World War II for the occupation of the region's Jewish ethnic genocide policies. The story of Schindler shows us the German Nazi Holocaust terrorist crimes, the shocking and provides much material for thought.
“Schindler’s list “the heroine in Schindler this is an out of the war, the Nazi elite merchant. In occupied Poland, Schindler he founded the enamel factory employment of Jews as cheap labors. In 1943, Schindler witnessed its Jews suffered a bloody massacre at the scene. So Schindler tried to do what he can to protect Jews. At the end of the war, the rescued more than 1000 Jews had a spontaneous signature testimony to him. It proves that he is not war criminals. They also made a gold ring which engraved with a Jewish saying: “save one life is to save humanity.” to give him.
Is Schindler a hero? The answer is yes. He is not perfect, but the truth, he is a true hero. And that is a times make the hero. At first, Schindler did not want to be a hero. In his eyes, money is the only. He used much money to play good relationship with the German Nazi officer. He retained Stone for the accountant and his perspective is very good. He trapped and forced Jewish businessman to invest money in his factory. He refused to use a little expensive Poland labor, while using inexpensive Jewish prisoners of war, etc. He made everything, just to earn money. As a businessman, he only put the war as a good business opportunity. Justice and evil are excluded from his thought; he just wants to earn money.
But in frequent contact with Jews, he began to awaken. Although at first he would not allow himself to admit. But later, he used his watch in exchange for two elderly people, and they come into his factory. His really shift is a result of witnessed the Nazi army cleaning Krakow ghetto various sight. Especially, he saw the little girl which wearing a red dress through brutality, murder and almost no harm.
Red represents life and fervent hope. In a grey background cool and chill of the world, red clothes convey on survival of begging. The silent but bright character is virtually helped the development of the plot, the side of the Schindler wire’s inner world and improve his kind, noble personality.
When the Jews will be transferred to the concentration camp, Schindler uses the production of arms requires a lot of labor excuse to buy many doomed the Jews. In order to avoid the military suspected, Schindler only buy arms from other factories and then sold to the military. Because the factory to produce qualified arms. For this he was almost bankrupt. Before you make a mistake, but he will correct, believe or can be forgiven, such as Schindler. Although he made mistakes, he will correct and
saved more than 1000 Jews. Finally, he thought that he do not good enough. Indeed, Schindler has done a lot of things for the Jews. At least the Jews on the list and their descendants will always think that he is a hero.
Also because the war brought up Schindler that he is an imperfect but the true hero. The really great man never for their achievements and proud, but also to review their own shortcomings. Schindler is the darkest years of the brightest light. His love and devotion let the Jews in the darkness and despair. During the war, he saved the justice and the unique human nature.
At the end of the film, the Jews who were saved cherish the memory of the hero with gratitude. List becomes forgotten tomb in their memories.
The film “Schindler’s list” revealed the conflict of the humanity and animalist and showed that the humanity defeat the animalist finally. But I think the human not only overcame the animalist, also defeated the desire for money. People know to save themselves, nation need to understand treasure, and country wants to forgive and understand. The world will be peace without war tragedy.
I hope harmony will become all national supreme truth in the world.