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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On our Youtube channel, you can watch a video of Liam Neeson, who played Oskar Schindler,  presenting our curriculum guide for Schindler’s List and sharing a bit about his experience on set:

Film runtime: 3 hours, 15 minutes. (We know this is a long film for classroom use. Please note that many lessons our guide can work as stand alone resources, especially our updated lesson: Antisemitism Today. More details on that lesson and its use are provided below.)

Film rating: R for language, sexuality, and actuality violence. Common Sense Media rates this film as appropriate for ages 15+.

Video Librarian also  has a review of this film available.

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, Updated 2023 (Social Studies)

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Glossary of Film Terms

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

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Lesson 8: Antisemitism Today

Lesson 8: Antisemitism Today is also available as a separate download. This updated/revised lesson features three key sections with handouts:

  1. Antisemitism Day (Response Journal),
  2. An Audit of Hate Crimes in the United States, and
  3. White Supremacy and Antisemitism.

These sections can be used together or separately. Additional resources on antisemitism and antiracism are included in the lesson as well.

This lesson can be used with the film, but is also designed to be a standalone lesson. If using this lesson without the film, advise students to skip the small number of questions related to the film.

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Related Resource

We highlight this film and resource, along with other films for teaching about Genocide, in our article, Teach with Film for Genocide Awareness Month. April is Genocide Awareness Month. Schindler’s List is  also 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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Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Dark pink background. 10 in the left-hand corner. Reduced Inequalities beside the number. Central image on the pink background is a not quite complete circle with equal marks inside. Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.


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