What Is the Plot Behind the Movie "Schindler's List?"


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The plot of "Schindler's List" follows Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, working to exploit loopholes to prevent his Jewish employees from being killed in the Holocaust. Over the course of the film, Schindler sacrifices his livelihood for the greater good.

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At the beginning of "Schindler's List," Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, is a German factory owner with ties to the Nazi party. After bribing several officials, he opens a new factory and hires Itzhak Stern, a Jewish accountant played by Ben Kingsley, to help conduct operations. Schindler hires many Jewish employees, but they are constantly in danger of being transported to concentration camps.

Schindler works to save his Jews from persecution and frequently deals with Amon Goeth, a sadistic Nazi official played by Ralph Fiennes. Schindler tells Goeth that his attempts to secure the safety of his Jewish employees is purely financial, but, over the course of the film, he begins sacrificing his finances and resources to save as many Jews as possible.

By the end of the film, the Second World War has ended, and Schindler has saved over one thousand Jews, despite having lost his entire fortune in doing so. The Jews Schindler saved regard him as a hero, and the ending features documentary footage of the Jews saved by the real Schindler honoring his memory.

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