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Oscar Schindler

Moral Hero Project - Religion 10

Kathleen A

on 28 February 2013

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His Struggles and Obstacles Schindler took a stand to spend millions trying to bribe and pay off the SS. He died penniless. By Kathleen Amores, Jewin Estimo, and Lauren Gavilan His Early Life Oskar Schindler An Unexpected Moral Hero On March 6, 1928,
Oskar married Emilie Pelzl. Oskar was born on April 28 1908 into an ethnic German family in Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (present day Svitavy, Czech Republic) At the age of 27, his parents got divorced Oskar was always close with his younger sister, Elfriede Oskar joined the Sudeten German Party in 1935 During the Great Depression, Oskar changed jobs
He attempted to start businesses, but failed and ended up bankrupt Schindler also became a spy for the Abwehr, commanded by Admiral Wilhelm Canaris In 1939, Oskar joined the Nazi Party and continued to work for Canaris and the Abwher Charity (Love) Prudence Justice “I was a Nazi, and I believed that the Germans were doing wrong... when they started killing innocent people - and it didn't mean anything to me that they were Jewish, to me they were just human beings, menschen - I decided I am going to work against them and I am going to save as many as I can.” Fortitude “I would not be alive today if it wasn't for Oskar Schindler. To us he was our God, our Father, our protector." – Rena Ferber, a young girl during the time of the Holocaust who was saved by Oskar Schindler. Instead of being selfish by making profit from the war, he risked his life to do what is good He saved the lives of over 1200 Jews through acts of bribery and his connections with the Nazi Party He showed his love for the Jews and desire for human dignity He is represented as a moral hero because of the goodness he did in his life “I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn't stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That's all there is to it. Really, nothing more.” Schindler’s made the choice of saving the Jews, regardless of the cost and the danger to his life He did what was moral rather than staying passive in the situation of the Holocaust-when many Jews lost their lives Prudence is revealed when he made false documents and committed bribery so that the elderly workers and children in his factory would refrain from being sent to a concentration camp or even executed on the spot This enabled Oskar to
open himself to the
guidance of the
Holy Spirit Beneath his eyes, everyone is equal
He did not despise them for whatever reason, nor did he believe that leaving them to suffer was moral
He chose the right to live in dignity over turning a blind eye to the sufferings of the Jews
For example: By moving his factory from Plaszow to Brunnlitz in occupied Czechoslovakia, he avoided them from getting exterminated Schindler was granted the courage to do what is right
His unyielding courage and dedication ensued into over a thousand of lives saved
For example: he stayed up all night in his office fearing that the Nazis would discover what he was truthfully doing. However, his courage and bravery overcame his fears and instead his desire of helping the innocent souls emerged courage choice everyone is equal What Makes Oskar Schindler a Hero
Why We Chose Him He is an inspiration to many love He gave up everything he owned He saved a race of human beings He is not seemingly the typical person to be considered a moral hero; he became an unlikely humanitarian The story of Oskar Schindler touched us on an emotional level Oskar saved over a thousand Jews during the Holocaust in World War II Oskar outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save Jews from the gas chambers Oskar Schindler's motive to save the helpless Jews is actually unknown He risked his own life to save the Schindler-Jews Oskar knew that if he got caught, he would suffer or even get executed on the spot. He miraculously managed to save the thousands of Jews by using the talents that made him a war profiteer His flair for presentation, bribery, and grand gestures helped save lives and give the Jews a second chance at life He saved our faith in humanity He is a role model; he shows us to have courage to do what is right even though we may suffer the consequences Schindler bribed Goeth to move his factory to Czechoslovakia from Krakow in order to "manufacture vital war equipment" when Goeth marked the Jews to transport to death camps Schindler came up with a list that contained the names of people he wanted to rescue He purchased a bankrupt factory and opened it in January 1940. The staff was made up of Krakow's Jewish community What are Oskar Schindler's Virtues?
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