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Schindler

Schindler's List (1993)

15 corrections

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Genres: Biography, Drama, History, War

Corrected entry: When Ben Kingsley is mistakenly forced onto a train and Liam Neeson arrives at the last minute to retrieve him, a clerk tells the conductor to stop the train. When the clerk walks back to Neeson with his clipboard, he walks from the direction of the back of the train, the end that would enter the station upon arrival. The train is leaving however, which means he should run up from the other side.

Correction: It is possible that the station had only a one way track, and once the train pulls in, the only way it could get out is to back out of the station and down the tracks to a switching station. The movie Escape from Sobibor's train station is like that, it is blocked off so the train can come into the station and only back out.

Corrected entry: The girl in the red clothing, seen by Schindler as she tried to escape the ghetto, later reappears dead, exhumed and burned at the Plaszow camp, still in her red clothes. All Jews were told to disrobe completely before they were gassed at the camps, and their clothes were sent to Germany as part of the "Spinnstoffsammlung" action - collecting of clothes, boots etc. for the purpose of German soldiers and their families. It is very unlikely that the Germans made an exception and left one girl dressed.

Correction: The girl along with many more of the exhumed corpses are clothed because they were not gassed at the camps, they were instead shot during the ghetto massacre. A large number of people are shown being shot in the streets in this part of the film and many more are shot in their hiding places under floors and inside cupboards etc. In the last scene where she is alive the girl is shown hiding under a bed . It is therefore implied she is killed in hiding. Clothes would not have been recovered from these victims as they would be soiled and bullet holed at the time of death and it would have taken far to long to liquidate the ghetto if those shot on site had been forced to strip before being killed. The subtitle text explaining the order to exhume the mass graves details that the victims buried there were from both the camp and the ghetto massacre.

Corrected entry: During the scene when the guards storm the house to find the hidden Jews in the ghetto, the piece that the guard is playing on the piano is the Prelude from Bach's English Suite in A minor. Which means the guard who guessed "Bach" first was right - it's not Mozart.

Correction: This is not a mistake. Spielberg was testing the ignorance of the German soldiers - Bach is a German composer, and it makes them come off as uncultured by mistaking his music for Mozart, an Austrian composer.

Corrected entry: Just after the conversation between Schindler and Goeth about to wager Helen Hirsch in a card game, the family Dresner is shown saying their names to get in the "schindlerjuden" list, but the name of Danka Dresner is never mentioned. Instead, she is called Donata by her mother.

Correction: It is correct that Danka Dresner is called Danata in the film, by her mother. However, Danata is her name, Danka is just her "pet name". I checked Schindler's actual list and the girl is listed as Dresner, Danata - born 27th of August 1927.

Corrected entry: When Schindler rescues a group of children from being taken away for gassing, he argues with one of the soldiers that the small hands of children are necessary to polish the inside of .45 cartridge cases. The WW2 Germans used neither this caliber nor the inch-based designation; they used millimeters (7.92mm Mauser, 9mm Parabellum etc) for labelling cartridge sizes.

Correction: He is not referring to handgun cartridges, but to artillery shells.

Corrected entry: When the train is taking Schindler's workers to Czeckoslovakia toward the end, they take an icicle from out the tiny window and melt it for water. When they next cut to a shot of the train trolling by, it's rather odd that the ONLY patch of ice on all the cars rolling by just happens to be over that one window.

Correction: Odd, but not impossible.

AdmRose

Corrected entry: Once his first factory is completed, Schindler sends some bribes to Nazi officials to get the permits. When the camera shows the officials enjoying their gifts, in the background we hear the voice of Schindler talking about his factory. He calls his factory "Deutsche Emailfabrik", when its real name is "Deutsche EmailWARENfabrik", as you can see in the front of the building.

Correction: He is using a common contraction. 'Fabrik' means 'Factory', and 'Waren Fabrik' means 'Goods Factory', which is a precise description but pretty redundant. Everyone knows what he means.

Corrected entry: When Goeth smacks Helen Hirsch, you can see the actress reacting before the actual hit.

Correction: No, you can't. You can see a woman recoiling before a blow from a man she knows to be violent, a perfectly normal reaction.

Corrected entry: In the scene at Oskar Schindler's birthday party when he kisses the Jewish woman, he is first holding her by her arms, then it switched to his hand are around her face, then right back to her arms where they started.

Correction: Schindler's hands never leave the girl's face.

ChiChi

Corrected entry: About fifty minutes in, Liam Neeson is searching for Ben Kingsley on a trainload of trucks. He has gone well past the truck with Kingsley in it, then the latter comes to the 'window'. In the next shot, Neeson is back along the train, right by that window.

Correction: Each boxcar has two windows. Schindler passed the first window,just as Stern comes forward and calls for Schindler. Schindler proceeds forward and Stern moves from the rear window to the forward window and calls for Schindler again where he is then noticed.

ChiChi

Corrected entry: In the scene where the train load of Jewish women are transported to a concentration camp instead of Schindler's hometown due to a paperwork error, the subtitles read "Auschwitz" as the train pulls under the concentration camp gate. This camp was not Auschwitz, it is Berkenau Camp which was located 2km west of Auschwitz Camp.

Correction: Birkenau (NOT "Berkenau") was a subsidiary part of the Auschwitz complex (often called Auschwitz II-Birkenau), just as Monowitz (often called Auschwitz III-Monowitz) was another subsidiary of the main Auschwitz camp. It is not inaccurate to label it with the overall "Auschwitz" label, as the complex took its name from the town of Oswiecim (later renamed Auschwitz) in which it first resided. See http://www.auschwitz.org.pl and you will note countless references to "Auschwitz II-Birkenau". Referring to the camp as "Auschwitz" also makes it easier for the filmgoer to understand just how much trouble the women were in, as most people are familiar with the name "Auschwitz" but do not know the name "Birkenau".

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the scene when Schindler takes off his gold party badge and mentions that the gold in this badge could have saved many more people is wrong. The Nazi Gold Party Badge is only gold in colour and not content. Also the badge shown was the 'large' military version and not the civilian type that Herr Schindler would have had.

Correction: I spent 10 years in Germany and found out the gold party pin was really made out of gold, but only the military and high ranking civilians had them.

Corrected entry: In the internment camp scene, many Jews are stripped naked. However, many of the men are not circumcised.

Correction: Many of the men would not be circumcised because a lot of their families were not practising Jews and were only deemed to be Jewish by the Nazis even if only one grandparent was Jewish. In addition, there weren't only Jews in the camps, but Gypsies, POWs, homosexuals, political dissidents, and other "undesirables."

Corrected entry: When the Commander in the camp wants to shoot the rabbi in the yard outside the factory, he several times pulls back the slide. Wouldn't this make one bullet come out of the gun every time he did?

Correction: No, not if the bullets were jammed, which I'm assuming was the reason the gun wouldn't fire.

Corrected entry: As the Jews are lining up to pay their respects to Schindler at the end of the film, Mrs. Itzhak Stern suddenly pops out of nowhere behind Mr. Leopold Pfefferberg. In the earlier shot, Helen Hirsch is clearly behind Pfefferberg with no-one in between them.

Correction: This scene was not meant to be in real time. There are many more obvious breaks between each new person stopping at the grave and leaving their stone. If the whole scene was filmed in real time it would have taken hours for all of the Schindler Jews to pass by.

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Quotes

Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.
Amon Goeth: You think that's power?
Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... Pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.

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Mistakes

In the beginning, when the Germans are setting up the tables to record the names, one German puts down a plastic stamp pad. Stamp pads of that era were metal.

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Trivia

During filming, Steven Spielberg once stated, 'SS marksmen, for fun, would throw babies in the air and shoot them like skeet. I wouldn't do that, even with dolls' (on why he would not film such a scene).

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