Save One Life...

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  10 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 0.5 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 History, Cinema, English Language Arts, Genocide Studies

To prepare for the viewing of Schindler’s List, this lesson asks students to consider a key theme embodied in a quote from the film—“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” This phrase is dedicated to Schindler towards the end of the film by a group of Jewish men, women and children whom he saved. Providing students a thematic focus to contemplate will frame the viewing of the film. They will analyze the message of the quote and determine to what extent they agree or disagree with its meaning. They will close by composing a persuasive paragraph that includes evidence from primary and secondary sources.

This activity features testimony from Rinah Birnhak.