Essay on What Makes a Hero

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What Makes a Hero

When most people think of a hero, they think of some extraordinary, not an ordinary person with a heart. Oskar Schindler was one such person. The movie Schindler's List, directed by Steven Spielberg, is the story of how one man, Schindler, saved over 1,000 lives, and is a cinematic masterpiece. Spielberg truly brings Schindler to life, with all his good and bad points intact; the movie is very true to life, and gives the viewer an excellent idea of what Schindler was like. What Schindler did by saving so many people has had consequences that far surpass the immediate impact. Doing an analysis if the true life of Oskar Schindler, a point-by-point comparison of the movie against what really happened, and the
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He was always looking for a way to make money, preferably the cheapest way possible, and he was also known for his heavy drinking. (Bulow "Why..."). After the war broke ou8t in September of 1939, Schindler, who was thirty-one at the time, showed up in occupied Krakow. Krakow was an ancient city, and home to some 60,000 Jews, and was also the seat of the German occupation administration, which was called the Generalgouvernement. In October of 1939, he took over a rundown enamelware factory that had previously belonged to a Jew. ("German Rescuers...") (Bulow "Oscar...").
By the end of 1942, Schindler's enamelware factory had become a mammoth enamel and ammunitions production plant. His plant occupied about 45, 000 square meters, and employed almost 800 men and women. Of the workers, 370 were Jews from the ghetto in Krakow, which the Germans had established after they occupied the city. Schindler never developed any ideologically motivated resistance to the Nazis ("German Rescuers..."), which made his future actions all the more noble.
At one point, Schindler was recruited by the German Intelligence Agency to collect information about Poles. He was highly esteemed for his help, a fact that helped him greatly later when he needed to call on his contacts. (Bulow "Why..."). Schindler also gained a very effective tool that allowed him to get away with a lot of what he did; his plant was declared a "business essential to the war effort". This allowed

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