Things Left Out

Since the movie is already close to 200 minutes, there had to be chosen which events would make it to the movie, and which ones were not. Under this tab we describe pretty much all of the events that happened, but are not shown in the movie, and why we think it is left out.

1)      In the movie they only show transportation of Jews to Auschwitz, but around 7000 Jews were deported to death-camp Belzec.  We think that they purchased only Auschwitz to keep it simple, and most people know Auschwitz over Belzec.

2)      In the movie they do not show much of the rough circumstances that the Jews in the ghetto live in. For example the fights in the kitchens, the pitiless communality, the stench of bodies, and the lice that jumped around are all left outs (Keneally,1982: 101). They do show some of the rough circumstances, like the toilet where the little boy hides in, and the congested rooms, but even in the crowded rooms people are talking and friendly to each other. These scenes are not used to frame the rough circumstances, like no privacy for the people that had to live together.

3)      2 out of 3 of Schindler’s arrests are left out in the movie.  Only the second arrest, the charge of breaking the provisions of the Race and Resettlement Act (Keneally, 1982: 110), is shown in the movie. His first arrest was because of his activities on the black market. The underlying reason for his second arrest was still his activities on the black market, his third arrest is was because of his connections with Amon Goeth, who was himself arrested. (Keneally, 1982: 103, 109, 312).We think a reason why they chose to show the second arrest in the movie is to underpin the statement of Schindler being a womanizer of all sort. On the other hand we think the movie makers cut out the other two arrests because they probably thought that Schindlers activities on the black market are covered enough in the scenes with Poldek Pfeffenberg.

4)      In both the book and the bonus material are a lot of stories about executions on a hill now profanely nicknamed “Prick Hill” (Keneally, 1982: 191). They say that whole groups of Jews were taken here to be executed. One of the Schindlerjuden, survived an execution at this hill. She was only shot in her leg by the machine artillery. In the movie this hill is probably left out because it saves time that they do not have to travel to the hill.

5)      In the movie is not shown how they liquidated Plaszów when Hitler ordered to close the camp. All the remaining Jews were transported to hard labour and death camps, or were executed right away. Probably because they already had a liquidation scene, with the liquidation of the Ghetto.

6)      In the movie is not really shown how Schindler accomplished to rescue his female workers from Auschwitz. According to Pfeffenberg in the bonus material of the movie, Schindler had sent a couple of beautiful German girls with money and gifts to SS-officer in charge. Probably the reason for this is that they did not find documentation about how it really happened. And it is for the dramatic effect not as important how the rescue occurred, but it is important is that it happened.

7)      The movie does not show resistance under both Poles and Jews, against the Nazis. That makes people think that there was no resistance. Keneally’s book however gives a lot of examples of resistance groups in and around Plaszów. A few examples are the ZOB (Jewish Combat Organizations) and the Polish People’s Army, these organizations had a combined mail drop for information within Plaszów. A resistance group in Budapest, Hungary, with connections in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the book the Halutz Youth and the ZOB had prepared a visible act of resistance. In the Cyganeria they left a bomb which blew the tables through the roof, tore seven SS men to fragments, and injured some forty more.  We think this is not shown out of time considerations.

8)       Also left out are the connections that Oskars had with these resistance groups. He went to Hungary to testify about the situation in Poland. He also had several visitors, mostly from Hungary, who often brought money that Oskar had to give to other organizations, which he always did according to Keaneally’s book (1982: 228). The reason for this left out never became completely clear to us, because showing these connections would have made Oskar even a bigger hero. The only reason we can think of is that it was a too complicated story line, that would ask for to much of the available time.

9)      In the movie the changeover from Plaszow as a labour-camp to Plaszów as a death-camp is left out of the movie. They chose not to show the anxiety of both the Jews and Oskar Schindler during this change (Keneally, 1982: 252). A possible motive for this left out is that the chimneys are shown in the movie as in Auschwitz. And the fear of the Jews for Auschwitz is accurately shown in the movie.

10)   The mass execution of all the ghetto policemen and their families is left out of the movie. We think the movie makers did not see this as a big event. Though for us it is shocking that even the Jews who cooperated with the Nazis in every way they could, were cold-bloodedly murdered.

11)   Almost all the big war events have been left out of the movie. It almost looks like the moviemakers are portraying Cracow, and especially the (cruelties in the) camps as an independent from the rest of the war. We think they might have chosen to leave these events out, in order to make the story more simple, because the whole war is too big to cover. Examples from events in the book that are not covered in the movie are: An attempt on Hitler’s life, and how Schindler hoped that the Führer was dead (Keneally, 1982: 268). An airplane crash in Cracow, close to Oskar’s factory. The crash was an Allied bomber, who was shut down by the Luftwaffe (Keneally, 1982: 288).

12)   The movie does not show the arrest of Amon Goeth. This arrest was made because of Amon’s sybaritic style and they wanted to check his financial dealings (Keneally, 1982: 283). He had been imprisoned for weeks, and almost took Schindler with him in his fall. When he was finally released he had become powerless. He had visited Oskar’s new camp, Brinnlitz (Keneally, 1982: 358-359). A possibility for this left out is the way they wanted to show Goeth. He was the enemy, the evil side. We think they did not wanted to weaken this by showing another side of Goeth.

13)   Schindler had to overcome a lot of resistance from the Moravia area, in order to move his factory there. They had a lot of posters up on walls like: “Keep the Jewish criminals out” (Keneally, 1982: 288-289). In the movie it looks like this happened pretty easy. This was most likely shown this way to frame Schindler as a hero and make things look easy for him.

14)   In the movie the list is shown as something pure. They say: “the list is good, the list means life”. What the movie is not showing is how Jews desperately tried to get their names and the names of their relatives on the list. A sentence that shows this very well is: “For the list, it takes diamonds” (Keneally, 1982: 293). This does not match with what they want the viewers to see, so that is probably why they left it out.

15)   The moviemakers left out that the men’s transportation from Cracow to Moravia had stopped in concentration-camp Gröss-Rosen. The cruelties that happened to them there seemed just as bad as the women in Auschwitz. They had to stand naked on the Appellplatz all night, for there were no huts available. They were afraid, just like the women, that the shower would be gas instead of water. Their heads were shaved, also(Keneally, 1982: 299-300). We think they might have chosen not to show it because the story of the men and woman are pretty similar, and it might become to much of the same to show both stories.

16)   Though it is shown that Oskar had a relationship with other woman than his wife, it looks in the movie it like he had bettered himself when they were living together in Moravia. In the book is told how he frequently visited Ingrid, his secretary, in her apartment, and that he met Klonowska during visits to Cracow. He also had sex with an SS girl in the factory (Keneally, 1982: 305). We think this might be left out to strengthen the idea that Oskar had bettered his life, with helping the Jews.

17)   According to the movie living in Brinnlitz was relatively very easy. The movie left out though some major bad things that happened in the Schindler-camp. A couple of examples of these left outs are: During an inspection of the camp, where Schindler was not present, the inspector’s orders, were that the subcamps should be scoured for children to be used in medical experiments in Auschwitz. In Brinnlitz they took 2 children and their fathers to Auschwitz (Keneally, 1982: 322, 323). When the woman returned from Auschwitz they were all very ill. It took a long time before everyone had recovered. During this period there was also a major threat for a typhus epidemic (Keneally, 1982: 335). Also is left out how Oskar built up an independent arsenal. He said that it was because he was concerned about a possible slave uprising, but it actually was in case the Russians might turn up at the gate (Keneally, 1982: 346-347). Two people had died in the Brinnlitz camp, during WWII. This was not because of bad circumstances within the camp, but because of cancer and old age (Keneally, 1982: 357). We think this is left out partly because the movie makers did not want it to look that the Jews were complaining, cause they had it much better in Brinnlitz then they could have had it anywhere else.

18)   According to the book 120 quarry workers from Goleszów were thrown into two cattle cars, because the dread fiefdoms of Auschwitz were being disbanded. They were travelling without food for more than ten days and with the doors frozen shut. They didn’t even unload.  Almost half of all the people in the train died during this travel. Schindler was the first and only camp-owner that was willing to bring them in. He hired them as skilled workers (Keneally, 1982: 354-356). In the movie this whole event is left out. We think including this event would have shown Oskar’s compassion even better, but probably there was simply no time to include it, since the movie is already over 3 hours.

19)   Another left out is how Oskar asks ‘his’ Jews to not judge all the Germans. He literally said: “The soldiers at the front, as well as the little man who has done his duty everywhere, shall not be responsible for what a group calling itself German has done”.  He was uttering a defense of his countrymen. This might be left out in order to keep it clear that Oskar was not a sympathizer of what the Germans have done, and was in the end of the movie, during this speech, completely on the Jews side.

20)   The movie doesn’t show Oskar and Emily’s travel to the American side. It is also left out that someone, frightened by the idea of Oskar’s departure, had cut the wiring of their car, so it took them longer to leave (Keneally, 1982: 375, 377-379). We think this might be left out for the dramatic effect. Now it is up to the viewers own imagination what happened to Oskar and Emily when they left Czech-Slovakia.

21)   Another big left out in the movie is the character of Abraham Bankier, the office manager of Rekord, whom Oskar had won over. He was the man who put him in touch with capital on good terms. In the movie is shown how Stern functioned as middleman between Oskar and the potential investors, but according to the book this was done by Bankier (Keneally, 1982: 68-69). Also shown in the movie is how Schindler saved Stern from deportation to Auschwitz, but actually it was Bankier as well (Keneally, 1982: 122-127). We haven’t found out what the reasons were to leave Bankier out. Probably his character and Sterns were pretty similar, and to simplify the movie they combined them.


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