Throughout the history of mankind, certain great men have stepped up to the challenges of leading a nation to independence, guiding a nation through turmoil. Moreover, they consistently defended their religious beliefs no matter what, and even put their lives on the line every day to protect and secure the safety of others. These men are traditionally regarded as heroes in the grand human society. As a matter of fact, it is not extraordinary that these heroes reached such achievements. Because most of them had stayed on the same track all the way through, the track which they always believed as the orthodox one.
In comparison, Oscar Schindler was certainly a particular hero who chose another route and turned himself completely around, against his own country, culture and the inherited belief system, as a result he saved the lives of 1,200 Jewish people during the crucial holocaust period-we can definitely accept him as a hero and he was no more and no less a hero then everyone else who resisted Nazism during World War II. Schindler’s attitude toward the pitiful Jewish people changed, while the other Germans were persecuting them. His compassion and respect for them had gained as he gradually came into contact with them.
At first he was a cynical and greedy exploiter of slave workers in Krakow, who was entirely driven by the luring profit like every other usurping German industrialist. In view of the fact that the original reason he employed Jews in his factory was because Jewish labours were a lot cheaper than the “Poles”, he did not intend to save them at all in the first place. But somewhere along the line, his attitude had begun to change slowly. In a stark contrast to the beginning, he began to talk to them and try to know them; as a result he became compassionate for them.
For instance, once he actually provided the Jews with water when he saw they were thirsty to death in the train on a blazing day. He said in short pants, “More water, come on more water on the roof. I’ve got some 200-mter hoses back in Emalia. We can reach the cars at the end. ” He grabbed the hoses and in fact did the heavy work personally; moreover he seemed more anxious than the people inside the train. Besides sprinkling water to the Jews with his own hands, he even insisted on bringing longer hoses, which made him suspicious in front of Goeth.
Moreover Schindler’s perspectives on the Nazi changed dramatically after he witnessed a German raid on the Jewish ghetto. He was aware that the brutality of the Nazis accelerated with murder, violence and terror when he saw innocent people were killed and packed in the trucks. He was almost shocked as he oversees the liquidation from the mountain. He firmly stated that, “Beyond this day, no thinking person could fail to see what would happen. I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system. ” He was awakening, and his sheer humanity forced him to take extremely great personal risks to save the Schindler Jews.
Comparing with the member of the Nazi party eternally on the lookout for profit, he took his first faltering steps from the darkness of Nazism towards the light of heroism. Additionally, Schindler’s sense of worth also changed ultimately, and he had found the significance in his life. After he realized the situation of war, he could have comfortably taken the money and gone to Switzerland. But instead, he gambled his life and all of his money to save Jews. Instead of wealth and woman, he valued people’s lives the most. He spent all his fortune to bribe to S.
S officials, in order to save the Jews from deporting to the death camps. According to the statics, He spend 4 million keeping his Jews out of the death camps, an enormous sum of money for those times He eventually got bankrupt after the war ended, from an ordinary salesman to an extremely wealthy profiteer, and after all became an escapee without a penny. But he still murmured before he fled, “This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people.
He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern. For this. Even though he was in such horrible situation, in which he had to flee away, he still wanted to save more Jewish people. Today there are over 6,000 offspring of Schindler Jews live in Europe and the U. S. A. The name Schindler is now well known to billions of people as a household word for courage in a world of brutality. He was indeed a hero who was able to stop on the brink of a precipice and turn back from the wrong path. It is more surprising and takes more energy for someone to defy their own beliefs and to turn themselves around than to stay true to what they always believed.