Oskar Schindler, Choice and the Holocaust Research Paper by Ste

Oskar Schindler, Choice and the Holocaust
This paper covers a microhistorical analysis of Oskar Schindler related to his actions during the Holocaust.
# 119292 | 8,400 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper studies the extent to which people are conscious and aware of their personal "consent" to historical movements and the ethical implications and consequences therein - focusing specifically on the actions and life of Oskar Schindler. The writer discusses that Schindler actively toiled to save over a thousand Jews in the midst of the Holocaust while acquaintances and fellow businessmen around him did nothing or very little while they reaped the spoils of Jewish forced labor and exploitation. In studying Oskar Schindler, one can see the power an individual can wield against the sweeping meta-narrative. There are three primary chronological sections in the paper, "Interwar Period", "the Holocaust", and "Schindler's Legacy" that first give a background of the period they cover, with historians' traditional arguments and explanations, and then the paper delves into those periods as seen from Oskar Schindler's perspective and historical circumstance. Ultimately, this paper shows the value of microhistorical research in illuminating further and opening new avenues of debate on the Holocaust.

Primary Source Analysis
Holocaust Historiography and Schindler's Life Prior to World War II
The Holocaust and Schindler's Righteousness
Modern Remembrance and "The Why"

From the Paper:

"Yet while this wrangling of the subject may work well as an introduction, it is not a realistic way of processing lived experience that we can immediately relate to in our day-to-day lives for our historical circumstance. We see the world as individuals and interact with it through personal choices - this is how we influence history ultimately. In studying Oskar Schindler, we see the power an individual can wield against the sweeping meta-narrative. It prompts the question: Was Schindler so unique, or did his actions speak to a more widespread resistance to Nazi ideology? What does his altruistic behavior do to complicate past theories of both German complicity with the Nazis and repression by them? How has history remembered Schindler up to this point, and why have historians and others chosen to remember him the way they do?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brecher, Elinor J. Schindler's legacy true stories of the list survivors. New York: Penguin Books, 1994.
  • Chrisite, Clive J. Race and Nation: a Reader. London: I.B. Tauris, 1998.
  • Crowe, David M. Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities, and the True Story Behind the List. New York: Perseus Books Group, 2007.
  • Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
  • Kershaw, Ian. Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution. Binghamton: Vail-Ballou Press, 2008.

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Oskar Schindler, Choice and the Holocaust (2010, April 15) Retrieved February 22, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/oskar-schindler-choice-and-the-holocaust-119292/

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"Oskar Schindler, Choice and the Holocaust" 15 April 2010. Web. 22 February. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/oskar-schindler-choice-and-the-holocaust-119292/>