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How does Schindler change over the course of the movie Schindler's List? How are his values, opinions, and view of the world changed when he witnesses the holocaust?

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One could say that Schindler's moral journey involves gradually getting in touch with his basic humanity. As the film opens, he's just another wealthy German businessman, a loyal member of the Nazi Party. He's depicted as an incredibly selfish man, hobnobbing with the regime's corrupt functionaries as a means of obtaining lucrative work for his factories. Schindler is presented at the outset as only looking out for number one; the very idea of his risking his neck to save other people is simply unthinkable.

But over the course of the film, he begins to realize not just the full horrors of the Nazi regime, the true nature of its evil, but also the fact that he's lost touch with who he really is. Coming into regular contact with his Jewish workforce, members of a despised and persecuted minority, helps him to understand the fundamental unity of humankind beneath the superficial differences of race, culture, and religion. Through his daily interaction with Jews, Schindler's able to reject...

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