What are the cultural values that have relevance to Schindler's List?

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This is, of course, partly a matter of opinion, and your instructor may be looking for specific cultural values outlined in class or discussion, so keep that in mind.  The book reflects a number of cultural values that we find in societies in general, but also specifically in the setting of the Holocaust.  One such value would be life, in that life is sacred, a Jewish but also a universal cultural value that the author accurately describes with the saying from the Talmud, "He who saves one life saves the world entire".  Another cultural value is humanity, demonstrating humanity towards your fellow man, as intervening to save the lives of others is viewed in all cultures as heroic.  A third example of a cultural value would be bravery, as many characters in the story, not limited to merely Schindler, took great personal risks in order to help others.  There are more to consider, to be sure, but I think these are three good examples of cultural values.

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