Oskar Schindler: A Flawed Hero

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 0.75 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 Cinema, Ethics, Holocaust & Genocide Studies

Oskar Schindler’s legacy is challenging to unpack. He saved the lives of over 1,000 Jewish people; his story was chronicled in an Oscar-winning film that changed the way we remember the Holocaust; this film inspired the creation of USC Shoah Foundation. But Schindler was not wholly heroic. He was very much human, and very much flawed.

In this activity, students will reflect on the ethical complexity of this man who shaped history. Each student will closely analyze one clip of testimony about a topic of their choice from the life of Oskar Schindler. They will then construct a word cloud with their classmates, resulting in a visual representation of the breadth of Schindler’s life. Students will write paragraph reflections capturing their thoughts on Schindler, before sharing these reflections with their classmates.

It is recommended, but not required, for students to watch Schindler’s List before beginning this activity.

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