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How does Schindler change throughout the movie Schindler's List?

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Screenwriter Steven Zaillian’s script for Schindler’s List tracks very deliberately and skillfully the transformation of its protagonist from amoral war profiteer to determined rescuer of the Polish Jews he has used in his factories, and director Steven Spielberg did an admirable job at adapting the underlying text and screenplay for the screen.

The real-life Oskar Schindler was an industrialist who sought to profit from Germany’s formidable war machine and did, in fact, successfully use his position with the occupying German authorities in Poland and Bohemia/Moravia to save over one thousand Jews from extermination camps.

In the film, adapted from author Thomas Keneally ’s fictionalized biography of Schindler, the title character is introduced to viewers as a businessman of questionable success and repute going through the motions of adapting himself to appear more successful and important than he actually was. It is clear in the film’s opening sequences that Oskar Schindler is...

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