Jtube: Schindler's List

Why is saving one life like saving the entire world?

Why is saving one life like saving the entire world?

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(19) Ken Hodgson, August 26, 2011 5:26 PM

Courageous people.

Human concern and kindness, like as was vibrant expressed in action by Schindler was repeated over and over again> Here is yet another story. There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena Sendler During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Nurse. She had an 'ulterior motive' .. She knew what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the infant children's noises. During her time doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar ,buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming! What a fickle world this sometimes is! She died, whilst being nursed by one of the children she saved from the gas chamber.

(18) Solomon, August 17, 2011 3:47 PM

Schindler's Remorse

I believe Schindler is crying because he realizes that his motives, at the time, were selfish. Had they been altruistic, he would have saved more Even if our motives are not entirely altruistic, we can still do much good, as long as we know that altruism is the ultimate goal.

(17) malka, August 16, 2011 7:56 PM

08/16/2011 I am the daughter of a survivor by Schindler. He was the "Schaliach" of 4 more generations being born from his good deed. My father is soche to be alive and being able to watch his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren being Torah observant Jews and following in his footsteps and all the former generations before us. Ken yirbu ad Meah Veesrim. Ad Biat Goel Zedek.

sara, August 22, 2011 4:27 AM

Wow! That is amazing!

And this movie so, so touching!

(16) Annessa Thomas, August 11, 2011 7:11 PM

Saving Lives

If one life save there will gernerations; this is good for mankind Gentile and Jew alike: Saving a Jewish life will the exctinction of Judaism and the Jewish people.

(15) Rebecca, August 11, 2011 5:20 PM

I pray I try to see the value in every soul like this.

I hope and pray every day to see the value in all souls, like this. I pray for the viewpoint that he has, that no personal possessions should I value or allow to be a barrier to reaching one more soul. May God bless all who see this!

(14) Kathryn, August 11, 2011 2:34 PM

I watched this video shortly after hearing Kuba Beck,Schindler survivor, speak of his experience.

After the tears I watched for a 2nd time, enabling me to think with my head and not be influenced by the emotion. Schindler found his reason for being. As I have been searching for MY reason it points in the direction of service. Recognizing my capabilities to touch the lives of other people,to find and demonstrate the lessons to be learned thru the pain and the joy that is there if only my heart remains open so I can see beyond the fray. I look skyward to find the way.

(13) Russel, August 11, 2011 6:39 AM

In no way diminishing Oskar Schlinder, let us also remember John Rabe, Minne Vautrin, Ernest Forster, Lewis Smythe, Eduard Sperling ,George Fitch and Dr Robert Wilson in 1937 Nanking, China.

(12) David S. Levine, August 11, 2011 4:05 AM

A Great Film

Alvin Deskin wrote, "It still moves me to tears when watching even the clip." Me too, Alvin, me too. I have a brother in law whose parents were Schindler survivors, and my former house cleaner's mother was one of the Polish Catholic girls who worked in Schindler's office at the Deutsche Enamuelfabrik. Small world, eh?

(11) Debra, August 10, 2011 11:35 PM

Oskar's heart

May God grant me the ability to feel what Oskar felt at that moment. May I know the value of each soul, as seen through the eyes of God. May I be an instrument in His hands, ready for days of great trials ahead.

(10) Mila Alish, August 10, 2011 5:09 PM


I cry every time I see this. There is something so beautiful about the way he feels pain for not saving just one more person. I did my 8th grade Holocaust project on Oskar Schindler and, i'm not sure I could have chosen anyone better. I aspire to have his compassion for humanity.

(9) Diane Salinsky, August 10, 2011 4:49 PM


Brought me to tears.

(8) Judith, August 10, 2011 2:23 PM

We need to remember this man and what he did!

I remember crying uncontrollably when I first saw this film and continued crying for a time after it was finished. We all need to remember what one man did, in particular as the times become more perilous for all. One person can make a difference, or at least, have a lasting impact. God help us, be with us and guide us!

(7) Anonymous, August 10, 2011 1:29 PM

I am here today thanks to Oskar Schindler's actions

The only thing my grandfather ever spoke about the holocaust was his time working in Schindler's factory.

(6) Anonymous, August 9, 2011 6:04 PM

Never forget!

We should never forget this man and the many others who put their lives and those of their families on the line to keep us safe.

(5) Lisa, August 9, 2011 12:04 PM


He is not a Jew.....he did not learn the Torah, the Gemora, or even Perkei Avot.....yet he is the essence of all these books put together!! I wish I had 1/10th of his courage & kindness!!!

(4) claire lobel, August 8, 2011 3:32 AM

to the heart

brilliant in the pain of the scene---the scene and the acting speaks volumes to those of us who know and hopefully leads those who know nothing to at least ask a question , to consider ,to inquire and ultimately to grieve for all of humanity that allowed this to happen.

(3) alvin deskin, August 7, 2011 9:22 PM

It still moves me to tears when watching even the clip

Anonymous, August 10, 2011 3:33 PM

Me too

(2) Denny, August 7, 2011 3:25 PM

The milk of human kindness

I have pondered what Schindler did in saving the jews. He put his life on the line. Who knows what,s coming down the pike for Jews & Christians in the future? We must think through what we would do in the same situation. It's a sobering thought.. I pray that I would lay down my life for a brother.

(1) Yztchack Benarrosh, August 7, 2011 6:33 AM

Hahabat Israel

If a gentile showed so much love to save the lives of hundreds of Jews, and subsequently he gave the opportunity for many more in their future generations, more the so, we must show our affection for our brothers and sisters no matter where they are holding, by stopping the baseless hatred which is the main cause why the beit a mikdash is still not built. Let's make this 9 B'Av the beginning of the reconstruction of the house of Hashem forever, by doing what he wants from us: Giving love to the Jewish people no matter what. God bless you all.


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