Unfortunately, my post glitched when posting it and I lost everything I had previously written, so I am going to try to encapsulate everything I said:
When Schindler was talking to Goeth, he used the word "pardoned". I believe that is a synonym for "spared". Schindler's dynamic character shows a range of motivations. He first believed power lay in assets, but that changed as the war became too important, more important than his money ever was. He first viewed his workers as simple worker bees, but as we saw he eventually did all he could to keep them safe- to spare them. I believe his view of power shifted from money to the ability to change lives and to help those in need. Goeth, however (what a disgusting individual) viewed power as the ability to make people do his literal bidding. He saw the Jews as objects, as literal animals. We even viewed him hunting them as such. Especially during the scene where he woke up and began shooting Jews within the concentration camp, he showed no remorse. It was almost like a game to him. It was terrible to watch, the way he woke up, did some stretches, and then began shooting people with no reaction whatsoever.
Closer to the beginning of the film, we see an interaction between the Jewish military men and the Jewish common folk. While the common folk called the man a slave, he called himself smart. In all honesty, I see the man's reasoning here. He was doing what he had to for confirmed survival (confirmed to an extent). If I were in their place, I would probably be one to join the force somehow to avoid the camps and my own death. However, I would draw the line at killing, or even beating others. That simply goes against my morals too much, and I rather die before I take another person's life.
I believe Schindler took the actions he took because he began to see how impactful his actions were. When we saw the scene between the woman who had come to save her parents and Schindler, at first he says "people die! what am I supposed to do about it?" However, I think a switch was flipped in that moment. He realized that saving those two lives, even only two, was two greater than nothing. Something was better than nothing. At the end of the film, we watch him break down, realizing that what he did could never be enough. Yet, he had so many people surrounding him, all of which were grateful to him to an immense amount. Those 1100 (about) were more than nothing, and that meant something to his workers. I believe his actions also shifted as he matured from a money-hungry capitalist.
My question for Rena: Although I imagine there is no way to go back to normal life after the war, I ask you, what did you do to create a sense of normalcy in your life again? Where did you move to? What kind of support was there for Jews post-war? Thank you.