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Schlindler’s List

Jackie M. Johnson & Michelle Wooley, 18

I came to a deeper understanding of redemption by watching Schindler’s List. The film is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who paid to rescue Jews from the Nazis during World War II.

Schindlers List FreeOne scene in the movie shows a train, packed with people whom Schindler had bought to work in his factory, headed in the wrong direction—toward the death camp. Furious, Schindler shouted to the guards, “Those are mine!” Ultimately, the train was redirected toward safety.

We, too, were on a train bound for death. But to recover ownership, to give us freedom, and to offer us eternal life, God redeemed us through the life of Jesus Christ and redirected our lives. We have been paid for and rescued.

—Jackie M. Johnson

 

CONSIDER ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE: Oskar Schindler was not a hero; he was a war profiteer and a friend of many Nazis. He viewed war as good business. Then Schindler’s eyes were opened to the Nazis’ cruel treatment of the Jews. Risking death, he saved 1,100 Jews from the concentration camps by hiring them as workers in his factory. I was amazed at how one man could make such a huge difference!

Schindler’s List taught me that no matter what we have done wrong, God can use us to make a difference in people’s lives.

1993. 3 hours, 17 minutes. Rated R (violence and brutality; nudity; explicit sexuality).
Because of it’s rating and content, we recommend that you watch and discuss Schindler’s List with a parent or another adult.

—Michelle Wooley, 18

—from devozine (July/August 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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