American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
"Schindler's List" (1993)
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Oskar Schindler Addresses 1200 Jewish Brunnlitz Factory Workers And Nazi Guards
The unconditional surrender of Germany has just been announced. At midnight tonight, the war is over. Tomorrow, you'll begin the process of looking for survivors of your families. In most cases, you won't find them. After six long years of murder, victims are being mourned throughout the world.
Many of you have come up to me and thanked me.
I am member of the Nazi Party. I'm a munitions manufacturer. I'm a profiteer of slave labor. I am a criminal. At midnight, you'll be free and I'll be hunted. I shall remain with you until five minutes after midnight, after which time, and I hope you'll forgive me, I have to flee.
[Turning to the Nazi guards]
I know you have received orders from our Commandant -- which he has received from his superiors -- to dispose of the population of this camp. Now would be the time to do it. Or, you could leave and return to your families as men -- instead of murderers.
[They turn and leave, first the SS guards...followed by their officers.]
[The Kaddish - Jewish Prayer]
Text of the Kaddish (nusach ashkenaz)
Research Note 1: For source details concerning the Kaddish click here.
Research Note 2: Click here for a TEXT version of the actual speech delivered by Schindler.
Research Note 3: Click here for the list of Deportees (pdf) to Brunnlitz as compiled in 1945 and provided to AmericanRhetoric.com courtesy of Yad Vashem (registered under P.41/44). A second list, compiled in March 1944 by Mordechai Lustig ( who is on the list but was later removed), was taken from Krakow to Budapest and then to Turkey. It finally reached [what was then] Palestine and thereafter printed in the Davar daily Hebrew newspaper.