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1993 Oscar-winning movie about a German businessman who saved Polish Jews from Auschwitz
Schindler's List

Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the 1982 novel Schindler's Ark by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally. The film follows Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved more than a thousand mostly Polish–Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II. It stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as SS officer Amon Göth and Ben Kingsley as Schindler's Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern.

Awards Received

1993 Best Picture, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy Award for Best Picture, 21 Mar 1994

Cast and Crew

Ben KingsleyItzhak Stern
Liam NeesonOskar Schindler
Steven SpielbergDirector, producer

Web Pages

Schindler's List (1993) - IMDb
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
IMDb Rating: 9.0
Metascore: 95
Storyline: Oskar Schindler is a vain and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us.

Video Products

Schindler's List, 9 Mar 2004
Schindler's List - Collector's Gift Set, 9 Mar 2004
Includes Schindler's List: Images of the Steven Spielberg Film book
Schindler's List - Multiple Formats (1993), 5 Mar 2013


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 best libertarian movies of all time, Libertarian Party News, Nov 1999
Reports on The Orange County Register editors' choices for "20 Best Libertarian Movies of All Time"; includes short descriptions for each movie as well as "best libertarian moments" for the top ten
8. Schindler's List (1993). Probably the best dramatic depiction of the horrors of the Nazi extermination regime. Director Steven Spielberg avoids preachiness by showing a dramatic story of one "righteous gentile" who helped save Jews from Auschwitz. Best libertarian moment: Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, is horseback riding near Krakow, Poland, and comes upon Nazis mistreating Jews and he realizes the Jews' humanity. From then on, he uses all his talents, resources, and cunning to save every person he can.


Arts and Movies: Those Awards, by Mr. First Nighter, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, Mar 1994
Commentary about the 1993 Oscars, followed by over 900 words about why Rothbard chose not to see Schindler's List, and a "Worst Movie" review of The Piano; reprinted in The Irrepressible Rothbard, pp. 407-412
I haven't seen either Schindler's List or Philadelphia ... While Thomas Keneally's novel was fiction loosely based on fact, the Spielberg movie is far more loosely grounded fiction on the shaky foundation of a novel: fiction-squared, so to speak. Also, the idea that a German concentration camp commandant would shoot prisoners at random with a rifle, just for the sport, goes against everything we know about German military discipline or about the way any large concentration camp has to be run. These dramatic scenes in the movie, of course, have no grounding in historical fact whatever.
Schindler's List (1993), by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
Libertarian content: 4 (out of 5). Entertainment value: well above average.
As much a history of the Holocaust as a story about Oskar Schindler ... Schindler was, like most entrepreneurs, motivated by a desire to effect positive change. The positive change he ultimately brought about was to spare hundreds from the Holocaust. This is a good example of one person making a difference in the face of authoritarian rule and probably one of the few even marginally happy stories to come out of the Nazi period ... In artistic terms, this is a well-assembled film with a moving John Williams musical score and inspired acting.

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