Leadership in Schindler's List

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Julianne Felix Deguzman

Leadership in Schindler’s List
Leadership has played a valuable role throughout history in countless leaders and even followers. Although some of the greatest leaders in history lead for a more notorious cause, the leadership skills they conveyed and followed were key to the success of their goal and accomplishments. I believe Oskar Schindler was a great leader for many reasons because of how he dealt with the Nazi party during the Holocaust and how he adapted to change and from that change resulted in saving over a thousand Jews from death. Oskar Schindler shows how sometimes a leader has to change his values and therefore his actions to accommodate the surroundings and situation. As a result to this change Oskar Schindler’s values proved highly beneficial and impacted many lives from being lost. Based off Thomas Keneally’s novel Schindler’s Ark, Steven Spielberg captures the lasting results of Oskar Schindler’s Leadership through “Schindler’s List”.

Set during World War II, the movie follows the German businessman Oskar Schindler through the rise and fall of the Holocaust and how he deals with the Nazi Party. Initially Schindler arrives in the city with the goal of making a fortune by being a war profiteer. As Schindler was a member of the Nazi party he was able to bribe officials into a procurement that allowed him to be able to acquire a factory where he would be able to produce mess kits for the army. As Schindler only knew little knowledge of how to actually run a factory he then collaborated with Judenrat official from Krakow named Itzhak Stern as his accountant. Stern was well connected with black marketers within the ghetto as well as many Jewish businesses. Jewish Poles were hired by Schindler rather than Catholic Poles because they cost less and because they worked at the factory they were allowed outside the ghetto. Stern falsified documents as a way to save the Polish Jews from being sent to the concentration campus as...
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