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Why pupils should continue watching Schindler's List in History lessons.

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Why Year 9 pupils should continue watching Schindler's List in History Lessons. By Courtney Mackness 9.1 The film Schindler's List was designed and crafted to be a recreation of The Holocaust, in which millions of Jews were exterminated. It was created to be a complete non-fiction film, therefore was based on memories of those Jews that survived and had an experiance to share. It is a good idea to watch this film when learning about The Holocaust as it is based on real life stories, from people who experianced the tragedy of being sent to Concerntration camps, watching loved ones being sent to extermination camps and being forced to live in gettos, it also expresses the emotional turmoil that these people faced. By using the real people and displaying their situations evidently, makes more of an impact on the viewer than a text book account would as people associate better with things they witness. The Holocaust is the term used when decribing the extermination of milions of Jews, this hunt of Jews was planned and devised by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War; in an attempt to make the perfect human race. A holocaust is associated with the murder of large amounts of people. This is why the slaughter of the Jews was named The Holocaust, as it was the largest and most publicized slaughter of a group of people known to humankind at the time. ...read more.

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Things such as hope cannot be portrayed through factual writings as these types of text lack opinion and humanane feelings Therefore the structure of the film, using the black and white colourings gives the impression of the dreary world these people faced, then by picking out and emphasising certain aspects such as; the little girl in red and the candle flame to be in colour shows the tiniest glimmer of hope that Jewish people had. Even those two events that were chosen to be in colour they were chosen carefully, as children represent the furture, a thing that Jewish people believed they couldnt have, so seeing a bright feature surround by dark would give the impression of hope to the viewer. Lights and flames are also thought to be symbols of hope, they are used to guide a person through the dark back to a positive life. At the end of the film, it slowly returns to colour, this is to show that hope is fully restored to the Jewish community, and that they once again have a chance to rebuild their lives and live as free humans. By seeing such events unfold and representations such as the minipulation of colour makes the film more understandable. The film aids learning by showing things that a factual text book couldn't express due to its formailty and genre. ...read more.

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When in actual fact he saved all the Jewish people who worked for him. Schindler's List gives detailed events, provokes emotions, is a factual retelling and details life from both Jewish and German points of view. Other films related to the Second World War, such as Saving Private Ryan are about the War and fighting it, and is either from one point of view or the other, Schindler's List gives a balanced view which gives an unbiased opionion, just like that from a text book However the emotions this film provoke make it easier for a person to understand each seperate situation. Therefore Schindler's List is the best way to learn about The Holocaut, as people assocaite better with emotions than hard facts, and when seeing situations displayed they can decide their own feelings towards the treatment of Jews, helping them develope a better understanding of life and morals. The film also gives a detailed account of The Holocaust, from both perspectives, this therefore balances the film, leaving an unbiased opinion and complete facts about life during the Holocaust. By ending the film with the actors accompanied by the real person they portrayed reinforces the fact that these events were real, that people did suffer at the hands of Nazi Germany and this is all made easier to understand by seeing it acted out and each situation form and unravel. ...read more.

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