Schindler's List Questions
Elaborate on the question or issue and RELATE IT TO THE MOVIE SCHINDLER'S LIST
1.. Why is there conflict in history and why at times is conflict resolved or not resolved?
2.. Are we all potential fascists? Are we all capable of brutal terrorism if the conditions are right? Why do
colleges have human service type courses? Do you think respect for humanity is genetic or culturally based?
3. Why do we hate and love?
4.. Who or what is most responsible for changing history? (Great men/women, God, spiritual or historical
5. To what degree does technology affect the way we look upon ourselves and the rest of the world? Do we
think less of someone in the year 2000 who still uses a 1950ish style typewriter as opposed to someone who
uses a powerful laptop computer with a highly interactive CD ROM? If someone refuses to study and
implement the latest technology into their lives, do we automatically make an unfounded judgement of that
6. Are we easily impressed with someone who has the gift of rhetoric?
7. Should history be a collective global responsibility and not something attached to individual people or
8. When is nationalism healthy or unhealthy? What do we think of a nation that either tolerates or condemns
9. When people talk, do others listen?
10. What should we forget or remember in history? Can we forgive without forgetting?
11. Why do people engage in collective emotional disassociation?
12. In his book The Nordic Soul, Ludwig Claus attempted to relate racial characteristics of people to
geography. How often do we judge or evaluate people by where they live?
13. In what ways could language cause misunderstandings or wars in history?
14. Should history be studied only as an intellectual exercise or from the heart as an emotional or romantic
15. How do we determine what is good and evil in history?
16. What does it mean to be an individual? Do bureaucracies control people? Can the electronic and print
media determine the way a nation thinks? Do feature length movies educate the masses?
17. How do you define freedom consistent with order?
18. Would you recognize your culture if a total foreigner explained it?
19. Why do we need national symbols?
20. What is your evaluation of Oscar Schindler?
21. If you lived in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s, would you be willing to risk your life to hide Jews in
your house, lead Jews to safety or join an organization with an aim to destroy the Nazis?
22. Why didn’t the Jews revolt against the Nazi guards in the work camps?
23. How can a country like Germany which produced so much good with the likes of Bach, Beethoven,
Einstein and Mozart equally produce an evil like Hitler?
24. Is history simply a myth perpetuated by those in power and forced upon the minds of the people?
25. Do women feel short changed in history?
26. Would it be moral to murder Adolph Hitler?
27. Could the Internet and satellite technology do much to prevent the creation of totalitarian states?
28. How would you react to the following statement: “Defeat but do not humiliate your enemy!”
29. Adolph Hitler will probably be remembered as an individual that most affected the twentieth century. How
do you feel about that?
30. Do advances in technology make it easier to kill people?