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This article is about the film. Schindler’s List is a 1993 American historical period drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Zaillian. Poldek Pfefferberg, one of the Schindlerjuden, made it his life’s mission to tell the story of Schindler. Principal photography took place in Kraków, Poland, over the course of 72 days in 1993. Spielberg shot the film in black and white and approached it as a documentary. Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński wanted to give the film a sense of timelessness.

Schindler’s List premiered on November 30, 1993, in Washington, D. December 15, 1993, in the United States. In Kraków during World War II, the Germans have forced local Polish Jews into the overcrowded Kraków Ghetto. Amon Göth arrives in Kraków to oversee construction of Płaszów concentration camp. When the camp is completed, he orders the ghetto liquidated. Many people are shot and killed in the process of emptying the ghetto.

As the Germans begin to lose the war, Göth is ordered to ship the remaining Jews at Płaszów to Auschwitz concentration camp. Schindler asks Göth to allow him to move his workers to a new munitions factory he plans to build in Brinnlitz near his home town Zwittau. Göth agrees, but charges a huge bribe. Schindler bribes Rudolf Höss, the commandant of Auschwitz, with a bag of diamonds to win their release.

At the new factory, Schindler forbids the SS guards from entering the factory floor and encourages the Jews to observe the Jewish Sabbath. As a Nazi Party member and war profiteer, Schindler must flee the advancing Red Army to avoid capture. The SS guards in Schindler’s factory have been ordered to kill the Jewish workforce, but Schindler persuades them not to, so that they can “return to families as men, instead of murderers. He bids farewell to his workers and prepares to head west, hoping to surrender to the Americans. Pfefferberg, one of the Schindlerjuden, made it his life’s mission to tell the story of his savior.

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