The 1993 Oscar winning film, Schindlers list, directed by Steven Spielberg, is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most impressionable films in recent history to have ever been produced. Schindlers list tells the story of the holocaust, the story of a victimised people, the Jews, on the brink of annihilation due to the uprising of the Hitler Nazi government in Germany, and their Anti - Semitic policies. The Jews who have become so accustomed to such cruelty and discrimination are being endlessly persecuted. In such a time most people simply watch on and let things pass daring to question anything done by this new dictatorial government. However, there is one man, Oskar Schindler, who stands up for what he believes in and despite the obstacles he knows he must confront, courageously challenges the norm, in order to free a people whom he knows are most undeserving of the punishment they receive.
The development of Oskar Schindler throughout Schindler's List is a truly amazing and inspiring story. Schindler undergoes a truly remarkable change in character; so profound that before seeing the movie would not be thought possible. Oskar Schindler was a devoted member of the Nazi party. He arrived in Cracow, Poland immediately after the collapse of the Polish army and at the beginning of the German occupation. His first effort, as shown in the film was to capitalize on the misfortune of the Jewish people, who had recently been forbidden from taking part in any sort of business. He did so by making contact with the Jewish "Black market" through Itzhak Stern. Stern a Jewish accountant helped him to reopen the DEF, an enamelware factory. The clever war profiteer had clear-cut motives in his hiring of the Jews. Schindler had hired the Jews to work in his factory for one reason only: to make money. He only chose Jews for the simple reason that they were the cheapest people to pay, more so than the Poles.