The list is life

“This list…is an absolute good. This list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.”

Itzhak Stern

Schindler’s List

Release Date: December 15, 1993

Schindler’s List, the 1993 drama directed by Steven Spielberg, is a story of devastation, genocide and triumph of the faith of one human being. It is a story of survival—not merely the survival of one man, but a selected number of Jews enduring the darkest period in recorded human history.

Oskar Schindler was a man of great talents and even greater contradictions. A born salesman and inveterate gambler, he sought his fortune in the aftermath of the German invasion of Poland. Like many enterprising businessmen, he joined the Nazi party to make deals, but was himself indifferent to politics.

Taking over a confiscated enamelware plant in occupied Krakow, Schindler made a quick fortune on bribes, black market deals and the labor of his unpaid Jewish workers. Yet gradually, Oskar Schindler began to absorb the overwhelming events surrounding him. As the Holocaust descended over Europe, this once-ebullient bon vivant and befriender of Nazi officials was ready to risk it all to protect and rescue more than 1,100 Jews sheltered in his factory.

Upon its release in December of 1993, Schindler’s List reignited passionate, essential conversation, but also remembrance of a period in human history that must never be forgotten again. The movie inspired Steven Spielberg to initiate the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), whose original mission was to capture on video testimonials of survivors, so that we would have first-hand witness to the European Holocaust and never forget its atrocities.

About the Film

Schindler’s List (1993) Movie Poster
Schindler’s List (1993) Movie Poster

About the Film

CAST
  • LIAM NEESON,
  • BEN KINGSLEY,
  • RALPH FIENNES,
  • CAROLINE GOODALL,
  • JONATHAN SAGALLE,
  • EMBETH DAVIDTZ
DIRECTOR
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
SCREENWRITERS
  • STEVEN ZAILLIAN,
  • BASED ON THE BOOK BY THOMAS KENEALLY
PRODUCERS
  • BRANKO LUSTIG,
  • GERALD R. MOLEN,
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG,
  • LEW RYWIN,
  • KATHLEEN KENNEDY
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • JANUSZ KAMINSKI
PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • ALLAN STARSKI
COSTUMES
  • ANNA BIEDRZYCKA-SHEPPARD
EDITOR
  • MICHAEL KAHN
COMPOSER
  • JOHN WILLIAMS
AWARDS
  • ACADEMY AWARDS: BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST FILM EDITING, BEST SCORE,
  • DIRECTORS GUILD (DGA) AWARD: STEVEN SPIELBERG