Schindler’s List

Oskar Schindler sought his fortune in the aftermath of the German invasion of Poland. He joined the Nazi party and took over a confiscated enamelware plant in occupied Krakow, making a quick fortune on the labor of his unpaid Jewish prisoners. Yet, as the Holocaust descended over Europe, Schindler risked everything to protect and rescue more than 1,100 Jews sheltered in his factory.


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Steven Spielberg’s Academy-Award Winning Film, Schindler’s List, was the founding film for Journeys in Film. On our Youtube channel, you can watch a video of Liam Neeson, who played Oskar Schindler,  presenting our curriculum guide and sharing a bit about his experience on set:

Schindler’s List Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Nazism in Germany and the Building of the “Racial State” (Social Studies)
Lesson 2: The Man Who Was Oskar Schindler (English, Social Studies)
Lesson 3: Resistance During the Holocaust (Social Studies)
Lesson 4: “The Righteous Gentile” (English, Social Studies)
Lesson 5: In the Spirit of Schindler (Social Studies, Speech)
Lesson 6: The Art of Steven Spielberg (Film Literacy)
Lesson 7: The Making of Schindler’s List (Film Literacy, English)
Lesson 8: Antisemitism Today (Social Studies)

The Glossary of Film Terms linked below is useful for the Film Literacy lessons that are part of this curriculum guide.

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This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs:

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Finally, Schindler’s List is one of 6 films and corresponding curriculum resources that we’ve highlighted in an article on Teaching with Primary Sources Through Film:

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