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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring
  • Directors: Jon Blair
  • Writers: Jon Blair
  • Producers: Jon Blair, Catherine Freeman
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Polish
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303107230
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Documentary focusing on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who used his money and influence to save thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
A fascinating documentary, this HBO/Thames International production gives us a look into the life of Oskar Schindler (1908-1974), who was an incredibly complex character, and a character that varied according to who he was dealing with. He was a wealthy man who made a fortune through black marketeering, a bon vivant and womanizer, a heavy drinker, gambler, Nazi spy, and to many Jews in Poland, a savior.

The archival footage used is amazing, and often wrenching. The destruction of Poland, the intense, horrific suffering of the Jews, and as Schindler said, the suffering was implemented in incremental steps, starting with a few small rights being taken away, and ending in "The Final Solution" and the gas chambers.

Many of the people who survived thanks to Schindler are interviewed, as well as his wife Emilie, and absolutely riveting are the sections with Amon Goeth's mistress. Goeth ("The Nazi Butcher"), was commandant of the Plaszow Camp, and in charge of the "liquidation" of the Crakow Ghetto (and was the sadistic character played by Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List"). Schindler had a lot of dealings with Goeth, and was often at his house. Goeth's mistress, dying of emphysema, speaks with evasions, excuses, contradictions and rationalizations; it is an incredible thing to watch this tortured soul denying the truth.

After the war, Schindler didn't fare so well; he went to Argentina with his wife and mistress (Emilie was most understanding of his many women), later moving to Germany alone. Gone were the riches, the intrigue, and the many women, but as the old Jewish saying states, "he who saves one soul, is as if he saved the entire world", and Schindler saved 1000 souls, who now have descendents that have Schindler to thank for their lives.

Superbly written, produced and directed by Jon Blair and narrated by Dirk Bogarde, the music is by survivors Herman and Leopold Rosner, and total running time is 82 minutes.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Louis Bülow on February 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Holocaust is the systematic slaughter of 11 million individuals wiped off the Earth by the Nazi regime because of racism and hate.
But there was Oskar Schindler, one remarkable man who outwitted Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than most of the heroic rescuers during WWII.
Oskar Schindler toiled through the rough waters of the confusions of war. But he was one of only a handful who surfaced from the chaos, and generations will remember him for what he did ...
When asked, Schindler told that his metamorphosis during the war was sparked by the shocking immensity of the Final Solution. In his own words: "I hated the brutality, the sadism, and the insanity of Nazism. I just couldn't stand by and see people destroyed. I did what I could, what I had to do, what my conscience told me I must do. That's all there is to it. Really, nothing more."
Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt on the 9th of October, 1974, at an age of 66. From 1939 to the day he died he was such in love with his Jewish people, that he wanted to be buried in Jerusalem. Poldek Pfefferberg asked him shortly before he died, why he wanted to be buried here. He answered :"My children are here ....."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on December 12, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Do not miss this HBO Home Video. True stories are told by the actual people Schindler saved. These are the true stories that formed the basis for the award winning movie "Schindler's List." This video is especially moving and contains rarely seen archive film and photographs including rare footage of Schindler himself. During the horror of the 2nd World War, Schindler, almost singlehandedly saved the lives of over one thousand Jews.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on July 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
i was horrified at the fact that someone could do the things that happened in the video. hitler was a screwed up person..the jews didnt need to be killed. in my opinion...the video brought tears to my eyes especially during the seperation time...when families were brought to the camps and men were seperated from their wives and daughters. it was hard to watch but made me realize what kind of sick people we have in the world.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I think it is one of the best films I have seen. You can see how people died in the holocaust. And how the soldiers killed, so the children were without parents.
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