Trivia: The scene with the hinge-maker almost getting shot has a hidden meaning, when several guns that are used misfire. The Nazis used forced labor to produce their wargoods, including officers' pistols. The prisoners manufacturing the guns were known to file down the hammer on the pistols so that they would not fire properly, in an effort to thwart the Nazi regime.
Trivia: This movie took in only $3 million on its opening weekend, but went on to earn more than $320 million world-wide.
Trivia: During filming, Ralph Fiennes, who played Amon Goeth, was introduced to actual Holocaust survivors who remembered the nightmare of their lives. When he approached to greet them, hand outstretched, some survivors cowered back in fear; so convincing was his appearance that he reminded them of the real Amon Goeth.
Trivia: Steven Spielberg established Survivors of the Shoah Foundation in 1994, after filming Schindler's List. Shoah is the Hebrew word for "destruction" and is used instead of the word "holocaust" by many people. The Shoah Foundation was established with a critical and pressing task - to videotape and preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. At that time, numerous survivors were elderly and many more had died before ever having had the opportunity to share their own painful recollections. Yet even with the 52,000 testimonies that have thus far been collected, there is an abundant number of survivors, who still to this day, cannot speak of the atrocities that they were witness to. http://www.vhf.org/vhfmain-2.htm.
Trivia: Steven Spielberg built a mirror-image replica of the camp outside the gates of Auschwitz Birkenau, rather than filming inside.