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post #1 of 20
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Has anyone seen this? I saw it in the theater when it first came out all those years ago. I decided my boyfriend and I should watch it yesterday when I was shocked to find out my boyfriend thought the war was only 2 years and only 300,000 – 400,000 people were killed. I was further shocked when I mentioned to my co-workers they should see this movie and way too many of them thought the same thing.

The area I live I am pretty sure I am one of like 5 Jews LOL ok maybe an exaggeration… but not far from it. Every time I talk about being Jewish people always ask a hundred questions, like they have never met a Jewish person before lol.

Anyway, I just wanted to write that I would recommend it if your looking for a good film that will effect your heart. We watch it last night and I forgot how well made this movie was. My boyfriend was fascinated by it and kept talking about what an amazing story it was and asked over and over if it was really real.

Yes, it was real. It’s a heroic story, its sad, its blunt, its horrifying, its so many things in one.

It’s one of those forgotten films and I thought I would just give a little reminder of what a great film it is and how important it is to keep these horrific things that have happened in history alive so it never happens again.
post #2 of 20
We never saw it in the movies, but rented it a few years later. Very impressive and moving movie. I never knew all the horrors of what happened to the Jewish people. Makes you stop and think!
post #3 of 20
I have seen it, a few times. Great movie. I believe it won a number of awards.

I haven't seen it in a while, I should rent it again.
post #4 of 20
it won the Best Picture Academy Award, also Best Director for Steven Spielberg, and, I think, 5 other Oscars.

It's one of my favorite movies. Incredibly moving. Steven Spielberg is my favorite film director. When I read this book (Shindler's List), I actually wrote a letter to Steven Spielberg, saying he should direct this film. Of course, that was years before the movie came out. I, of course, don't really think that my letter even made it to Spielberg, but I'm glad he directed it.

When the movie came out, I went, by myself. It was a cold December evening, and I remember coming out of this movie stunned. It's amazing. I was glad I went by myself, because there were no words that I could have spoken to anyone afterwards. I simply pondered and walked home through the NYC streets.

It was an amazing achievement in film, and it still moves me. A true story, and when I think about what Oskar Schindler actually did, and the risks he took......it makes me speechless, and my heart feels it.

I have this on DVD, and now I feel like I should just settle in one night and watch it again.
post #5 of 20
I think that everyone should see this film. I think that it should be shown to high school students so that no one forgets. Forgive, never forget.

Two other must see films about the concentration camps are "Sophie's Choice" with Meryl Streep (best actress) and "Life is Beautiful" with best actor Roberto Benigni.

I cannot imagine what goes on in the minds of those who think that the Holocaust never existed. Well, I guess I can because there are the current day Nazis. Sorry, lost family in the Holocaust.
post #6 of 20
Shindler's List is a very good movie. I read several books on the holocaust also. It is something we all need to learn about. It gave me nightmares to learn about the horrible horrible crimes that were comitted against the victims of the holocaust. Learn about the holocaust and never let something like that repeat itself in the future of man.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by butzie View Post
Two other must see films about the concentration camps are "Sophie's Choice" with Meryl Streep (best actress) and "Life is Beautiful" with best actor Roberto Benigni.
Ugh! I hated Life is Beautiful! Benigni annoyed me horribly, both in that movie and during that "performance" he put on during the academy awards. I absolutely love Schindler's List though, and have seen it several times...it guts me each and every time! I remember seeing Sophie's Choice, and crying through the entire thing.

I'm always surprised when someone says that they didn't know about the atrocities perpetrated in the Nazi concentration camps in WWII. I thought it was common knowledge (not counting the "they made it all up" nut case neo-nazi morons).
post #8 of 20
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I'm always surprised when someone says that they didn't know about the atrocities perpetrated in the Nazi concentration camps in WWII. I thought it was common knowledge (not counting the "they made it all up" nut case neo-nazi morons).
altho i don't get the latter folks, either - just exactly where did all of the footage & pix come from, if "they made it all up"? not to mention Tay-Sachs, a direct descendant of the decimation of the gene pool in Ashkenazi Jews...
i guess the same people who "made up" the moon landing did this too?
post #9 of 20
I've seen Schindlers List several times, mostly during my history lessons. I saw Life Is Beautiful once and I don't think I will ever be able to watch it again without
post #10 of 20
I guess it might be kind of weird to say, considering the subject matter, but it's one of my favorite movies - I first saw it in high school and have rented it since... I want to evenutally get the collectors edition DVD

I have a degree in German Language and have always been very interested in the Holocaust and WWII - it's surprising, especially in this age, how many people still don't know even some of the general facts surrounding that war.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well since we are on this subject it is the perfect time to ask if anyone knows any good holocaust books? I read a lot, I usually go from a biography or history book, anything true, to mindless zombie gore books (I love you Brian Keene).

I have been looking for a good holocaust book for months now. I find when I go to Chapters and read the first chapters I never get into them.

I found good reviews on “The Pianist†by Wladyslaw Szplilman, anyone read this? Apparently there is a movie from this book as well.

If anyone has any suggestions on books, or any good history type book id be appreciative.
post #12 of 20
Strange that this came up today. Just yesterday I came across Lodz Ghetto while surfing around, and ended up reading about it for half the morning. It's absolutely stunning. This search led to the Babi Yaz ravine and the Chelmo extermination camp in Poland, and I was in tears. I can't see how people can insist that nothing happened.

I went to Germany this past June, and had hoped to visit Dachau, but ended up only going as far as Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, then into Strasboug France.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by silvionc View Post
Has anyone seen this? I saw it in the theater when it first came out all those years ago. I decided my boyfriend and I should watch it yesterday when I was shocked to find out my boyfriend thought the war was only 2 years and only 300,000 – 400,000 people were killed. I was further shocked when I mentioned to my co-workers they should see this movie and way too many of them thought the same thing.

The area I live I am pretty sure I am one of like 5 Jews LOL ok maybe an exaggeration… but not far from it. Every time I talk about being Jewish people always ask a hundred questions, like they have never met a Jewish person before lol.

Anyway, I just wanted to write that I would recommend it if your looking for a good film that will effect your heart. We watch it last night and I forgot how well made this movie was. My boyfriend was fascinated by it and kept talking about what an amazing story it was and asked over and over if it was really real.

Yes, it was real. It’s a heroic story, its sad, its blunt, its horrifying, its so many things in one.

It’s one of those forgotten films and I thought I would just give a little reminder of what a great film it is and how important it is to keep these horrific things that have happened in history alive so it never happens again.
Now we need to make a movie that the moon landing actually happened because just as there are those that deny the holocaust happened there are those that deny the moon landing ever happened, claiming it was staged with elaborate props.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by silvionc View Post
Well since we are on this subject it is the perfect time to ask if anyone knows any good holocaust books? I read a lot, I usually go from a biography or history book, anything true, to mindless zombie gore books (I love you Brian Keene).

I have been looking for a good holocaust book for months now. I find when I go to Chapters and read the first chapters I never get into them.

I found good reviews on “The Pianist” by Wladyslaw Szplilman, anyone read this? Apparently there is a movie from this book as well.

If anyone has any suggestions on books, or any good history type book id be appreciative.
Give me a little bit of time and I'll look through my books (I actually never unpacked them from college since I have so many)... I know a good one that is true was I believe just called "Auschwitz" Here it is actually:
http://www.amazon.com/Auschwitz-A-Do.../dp/1559702028

I'll look through the rest of mine cuz I know I've read a couple of good ones.

Sohni: I've been to Dachau - I did a 6.5 week student exchange in high school in 2000. It's an eerie feeling to be there - just so much history there. I have pics, but they're hard copies (before I had a digital). It was VERY interesting to me just because I'm fascinated by the whole subject of WWII and the Holocaust. Not everyone can handle visiting such a place, but IMO it's an important place to see - simply to see history and to understand, even though it's just a very little bit, what those people went through and to attempt to grasp how some one (or a group of people) could have such a twisted thought process... you see why the subject really draws me in.


EDIT: also if anyone has the chance to visit the Holocaust museum in DC, I HIGHLY recommend it. I went and it was great - even with all of the research I've done on the topic, I learned new things there. But I do recommend setting aside an entire day to see it - it is huge and very extensive and you want to take your time in there.
post #15 of 20
The Pianist is another heartbreaking but powerful movie. I am always reminded of the price that all of humankind has paid by the attempted destruction of the Jewish people. Artists, scientists, doctors..Gone.
"Auschwitz" is a very good and sometimes horrifying book that I read years ago written by a doctor who assisted Mengele.
post #16 of 20
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"Auschwitz" is a very good and sometimes horrifying book that I read years ago written by a doctor who assisted Mengele.
This is a very good book to read. When I did my reading on the holocaust I went to the library and took out several books. "Auschwitz" was very horrifying. I also read another book on Mengele but I can't remember the name of it.
post #17 of 20
I believe the Holacost happened - no doubt about that. However, I don't believe that man ever went to the moon - it was staged in Area 51.
post #18 of 20
I don't know whether you can obtain it outside of the UK, but the bbc did a really good series about Auschwitz a couple of years ago called Auschwitz - The Nazis and the Final Solution. It's available on dvd and there is an accompanying book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Auschwitz-Na.../dp/B0006FNXNA
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by silvionc View Post
Well since we are on this subject it is the perfect time to ask if anyone knows any good holocaust books?
"The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom
"Mila 18" and "QB VII" by Leon Uris

I've probably seen less than 10 movies in a theater in the last 15 years, but "Schindler's List" was one of the few. Absolutely stunning movie.

When I was in high school I read a lot of WWII history. I don't know why, but I was especially fascinated with espionage and the Holocaust. That may be why I find it hard to believe there are so many people who have no idea what really happened during that period.

I've been to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem several times, and came out shaking every time. I have to admit on the last trip I only went through the Hall of Names, but couldn't make myself go back into the main museum.
post #20 of 20
This was one of the films my dad had on his list of films he wished he owned and reccomended that I watch it, but my mum warned me that it was a really long, really boring film so I never watched it and never bought it for him.

However, one Christmas my mum bought it forhim on DVD and the two of us sat on different sofas and watched it. My sister buggered off upstairs after 20 mins and my mum went to fix dinner. It was by far the longest film I've ever watched. But I was hooked.

At the end I crawled up on to daddies lap and we clung to each other crying for the duration of those titles. My mum still thinks it's boring, me? I think it belongs on the list of "films to see before you die" and I will be buying it for myself.

That girl in the red dress broke my heart and at the end where it cuts to the descendents and survivors...

As for good holocaust books...the diary of anne frank.
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