Did Amon Goeth save more Jews than Oskar Schindler? | Scrapbookpages Blog
The following scene shows us a very different picture of Schindler . for Schindler, and while appearing to be amused, he takes this advice to. Stern's relationship with Schindler contributes greatly to Schindler's decision to Goeth exhibits a true hatred for the Jews, at times shooting them randomly from his who loves Schindler unconditionally, even as he cheats on her continually. According to Thomas Keneally's novel, Schindler's Ark, Amon Goeth was “selling . gold and money” in connection with the liquidation of the ghettos, but the jews were not in the right in there selfish and greedy ways i feel.
How are we shown this, over and over, in the opening hour or so? What key events lead him to a change of heart, and how do we see that manifesting itself? What is the real difference in his personality, if any, by the end of the movie?
In trying to catalogue this while I watched, a few other things intrigued me. First, there were the many parallels between Schindler and Amon Goeth. I wondered what it was that made them so different. Second, I was struck particularly by the character of Itzhak Stern.
Schindler, Goeth, and Stern: Individual vs. Community in Schindler’s List | Moviegoings
What is the key contrast between him and the other two? This is going to be long. Oskar Schindler is a great lover of life, particularly his own. He loves being at the center of attention.
With no head for business and more charm than anyone ought to be allotted, he was born to be one of the social elite.
Amon Goeth and Oskar Schindler
He is almost totally self-absorbed. In one of the opening scenes he enters a restaurant alone and sits down at a small table by himself, but by the end of the evening everyone in the restaurant has joined his impromptu party.
And everyone is enjoying themselves immensely. We see this time and time again as his selfish nature is repeatedly illustrated during the first hour or so of the movie. When his wife shows up on his doorstep and one of them answers the door, he is totally insensitive, not thinking about her feelings at all. One day as he tries to eat his lunch, Stern shows in a one-armed man who wishes to express his gratitude to Schindler for saving his life and allowing him to work.
Schindler, of course, knows nothing about it, and he is furious with Stern for interrupting his lunch. Soon after this he is forced to rescue Stern from the train because he has forgotten his papers. But lest anyone in the audience be uncertain as to how Schindler feels about Stern, we have this line: Then where would I be?
He is the epitome of absolute selfishness. Among the first of these steps, as far as we can tell, is the random murder of his one-armed employee. Shortly after this, Schindler witnesses the brutal, senseless massacre which takes place during the liquidation of the ghetto, and is horrified from a distance. We first notice that there is a chink in his armor when he meets with Stern, who is now working for Goethand tries to get the important details of running the business from him.
After all, he can come by and talk to Stern every week. Stern has become a human face among the mass of Jews and Schindler cannot help but open up now that this friendship has formed. As Schindler grows closer to Stern, he will be increasingly unable to distance himself from the horrors of the Holocaust as he was able to do when the ghetto was liquidated merely turning his horse around and riding away.
It is here that he begins to supply bribes to get people out of the labor camp at the express request of Stern. It gives him pleasure to do this, and that is all.
It is apparent that we are still dealing with the same old Schindler in most respects when a woman comes to beg him to help her parents. Schindler flies into a rage and scares her out of his office before storming over to yell at Stern. Schindler, obviously affected by the story, silently hands his watch over as a bribe and leaves. The following scene shows us a very different picture of Schindler than we have seen thus far. He is obviously attracted to her, and in typical Schindler fashion he begins to flirt with her.
The next thing we know, she is sitting under a bright, swinging light bulb and he is pacing the floor in a circle around her as she talks.
Schindler kneels before her. He speaks softly to her. He leans in to kiss her, and for a brief second, her expression changes. The viewer immediately recognizes what he is doing. It is completely in character. It seems wrong somehow. This is Oskar Schindler, the supreme womanizer, alone with a beautiful woman. Only some fast talking from his friends in high places will save him from prison. Before all of that, however, we see him stick his neck out and look more than a little ridiculous in front of Goeth and his underlings.
At his request, Goeth allows fire hoses to be brought to hose down the railway cars full of Jewish prisoners as they sit out in the blazing sun. It may seem like a small gesture, but it is simply one more indication of an increasing sensitivity for the needs of others. And then the order comes down that all of the Jews must be sent to Auschwitz. He devotes his energies just as thoroughly to getting all of his money spent as he did in making the money in the first place.
I will finally wrap up Schindler with a look at his two speeches at the end of the movie. First, his speech to the guards and factory workers at the end of the war: Many of you have come up to me and thanked me. Thank your fearless Stern, and others among you who worried about you and faced death at every moment.
I am a member of the Nazi Party. But naturally he is still a bit egocentric. Note how much time in this speech is given to others and how much is spent on his own situation. Anyway, he now turns to address the German guards. Now would be the time to do it. This is your opportunity. As Stern begins to relax a bit, Schindler catches his eye and tosses him a wink. Does Schindler still think this is all just a game?
Anyway, on to his final exchange with Stern, the last words we hear from him: I could have got more out. I could have got more. Oskar, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. I threw away so much money.
You have no idea. There will be generations because of what you did.
You did so much. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there.Goeth Kills 25
He would have given me two for it, at least one. I could have gotten one more person. It is very moving, well acted, etc. The point is, does Schindler have a good reason to beat himself up over this?
Then why does he? Schindler makes his exit. He is a good man in spite of his moral failures. He is a great man in spite of his character flaws. Amon Goeth is a lot like Schindler.
However, the similarities are definitely there. We first see Goeth being driven through the ghetto as he is briefed on various details of the living conditions of Jews and so forth. Asked if he has any questions, he has only one. Why the top of the convertible is down.
Note also his behavior surrounding the liquidation of the ghetto. He begins, early in the morning, with this speech to rally his troops: Today will be remembered. Georg Konrad Morgen with taking bribes from the Jews in exchange for not sending them to a death camp. How many Jews did Amon Goeth save from certain death in the death camps?
No one knows, but he was amassing a fortune from the bribes that he took, and this attracted the attention of the SS Criminal Police; he was investigated for six months before he was finally arrested. In exchange for money or other valuables such as furs and furniture, Goeth had sent Jews to labor camps instead of sending them to the death camp at Belzec. In the eyes of the Nazis, this was a crime because all possessions taken from the Jews belonged to the Third Reich, not to SS officers like Goeth.
So Amon Goeth, whose name is synonymous with evil for a whole generation of Americans, was actually working with the Jews to become rich during World War II.
However, it is doubtful that Goeth was stealing food from the Plaszow camp when there was a jewelry factory there as well as a furniture factory and a custom tailor shop. Pemper told author David Crowe that: When Goeth realized that he was being investigated by Dr.
Morgen, he sought permission from Wilhelm Koppe in the central office in Oranienburg to execute Wilek Chilowicz, who could have testified against him.
Based on this report, Koppe sent a secret letter to Goeth giving him the authority to carry out the execution of Chilowicz and several other OD men. The execution took place on August 13, ; Goeth was arrested exactly a month later and charged by Dr. Morgen with corruption and brutality, including the murder of Wilek Chilowicz and several others.
The office in Oranienburg did not have the authority to give an execution order; an execution could only be authorized by the Gestapo in Berlin. Oskar Schindler had a lot in common with Amon Goeth, including the fact that both were Catholic and both were arrested by the Nazis for engaging in black market activities.