“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. Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great – so called – told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history,” (Schindler’s List) the SS officer, Amon Goeth said. In fact the truth is that it is not a rumor. It did happen, and on such massive scale that it is almost unbelievable.
The author Thomas Kneally and director Steven Spielberg, were both able to show the horrors during the Holocaust. One of the ways that Spielberg shows us the reality is through the movement of his camera in different scenes. He makes the camera shake in the intense scenes as if you were there and were being pushed. In these scenes show a lot of people in chaos running around, and it was chaos. The innocent Jewish race hardly knew what to do when they were being marched somewhere, Spielberg just shows them being pushed around and occasionally shot for no apparent reason. He shows many graphic moments, which again show you the reality, in which the Jewish are shot in the head. Although it’s in black and white, the blood that was shown was as real and red as if it were in color.
The Second World War has left an unmistakable impression on the whole of Europe that will never be forgotten. Whether visible to the naked eye, or hidden in the consciousness of its people, the war has scarred Europe indelibly. Historically, the foremost recognizable perpetration against Europeans was Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution to the Jewish question”. This sophisticated operation of ...
I think that shooting in black and white has some risks involved but for this movie was perfect because it seems more serious and more like a documentary. Spielberg wanted to show the audience that it was a very serious event that happened, and is in no way right or acceptable in today’s society. Murder and torture is frowned upon today, which is why Spielberg intensifies these moments, to shock the audience and keep there jaws dropped. Spielberg uses Amon Goeth a lot for these moments. My eyes widened every time Amon shot someone, and Spielberg would make it graphic; yes it is sad but was probably the right thing for him to do, so people knew what it might have been like to see a murder.
Spielberg shows the extremes of how the Jewish hideout so they won’t be murdered. Their hiding spots were quite clever however the Germans go to the extreme as well using stethoscopes to listen to the walls and ceilings for anyone hiding. He shows the German officers having pride in what they do and finding the Jewish, unleashing a shower of bullets, which showed how crazy they were; they didn’t think twice about anything they did. Another extreme that I noticed Spielberg showed was how they would line Jewish single file and shoot through the line killing as many as possible thus saving bullets so they could kill more. Spielberg definitely presented the Germans as being crazy and in total control at times he had them speaking in German. They say that German is a rather harsh language and that it sounds as if a mad person is speaking, which was used to scare the audience and make them seem as if they were their hearing them yelling.
Apart from the blood and gore and chaos, many did survive, Schindler’s Jews. Spielberg shows them plenty of times in the movie, but then he would show all of the others. Schindler’s Jews were healthy and somewhat happy. Then Spielberg would show the others who weren’t fortunate, skinny, sick and exhausted. He had to show how the Jewish who weren’t fortunate enough to be a Schindler Jew, were truly pitiful. It is sad to see the Jewish faces and their helplessness. Spielberg didn’t want you to think that everyone was saved. In fact he would show things like: trains filled with the Jewish, huge burning piles of bodies and lines of people walking to the gas chambers. He displayed these things to remind the audience that this happened on a massive scale.
Between Dignity and Despair: A Review of Marion Kaplan s Book Marion Kaplan s Between Dignity and Despair (Oxford, 1998) covers stories of Jewish life in the time of the Holocaust, when the Nazis began to overtake Germany. Kaplan herself narrates to the reader historical facts, while she includes selections from letters, memoirs, and interviews with survivors. The book is written in chronological ...
Some of the scenes that Spielberg showed that stuck out: number one, when the Rabbi, Levartaw, is about to get shot Amon’s pistol misfires several different times. I was holding my breath during this time, and it show how the Germans had total pride it what they were doing. Number two, is also about German Pride, when the enormous pile of bodies of the Jewish are being incinerated, a German soldier pointed his pistol at the bodies and shot several times shouting happily in German. These are just two of the scenes that really left a mark in my mind.
So many different scenes showing so many emotions. Spielberg did plenty of things to make the Holocaust imaginable, and he was able to show the scale of genocide effectively by using different techniques. If Spielberg didn’t use some of these techniques that I have mentioned the movie wouldn’t have been as memorable or touching. In the end I think that Spielberg did everything he could to represent the Holocaust very effectively.