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Schindler's List

DVD

197 minutes
Source: Social Studies School Services

This Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg presents the story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is an interesting character study of a complex individual who defied stereotypes to do what he thought was right under incredible odds and risk to himself.

Due to the length of the film, it is difficult to show under normal classroom conditions. Special scheduling may be required. In addition, due to its extremely graphic portrayal of violence, it is not recommended for students younger than 10th grade.

For tips and strategies on how to view Schindler's List with your students, view our unit Teaching Schindler's List. The unit provides eight lessons including logistical tips for screening the film, pre- and post-viewing activities, materials to set historical context, and video clips of Holocaust survivor Rena Finder describing Oskar Schindler's impact on her own life. 

 

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