Liam Neeson Presents the Schindler’s List 25th Anniversary Curriculum for Educators


Hello. I’m Liam Neeson. It was my first
day on set in Poland playing Oskar Shindler in the film
“Schindler’s List” when Branko Lustig, our co-producer, walked up to me and
pointed to one of the nearby barracks there at Auschwitz, an infamous
concentration camp during World War II. He said to me, “Liam you see there? That’s
where I was in that barrack there. Number 24A.” It was then that it hit me. That this
was more than just a roll in a film I was playing. It was testimony to
one individual’s ability in the face of an evil regime to save lives. Lives
otherwise destined for the gas chambers another horrific atrocities in these
camps. Up until 1993 when Steven Spielberg made “Schindler’s List” many
young people knew little or nothing about the Holocaust. And that is still
true today. I believe that through his powerful piece of filmmaking students
across the globe can learn about this dreadful time in history and how it is
relevant today and for the future. Film has a capacity like nothing else to
captivate and educate today’s visually literate generation. The experience of
watching a story unfold on screen allows students to connect personally to the
characters and develop empathy. It makes possible the introduction of subjects
not easily taught by textbooks. Through the use of Journeys in Film’s digital
curriculum for “Schindler’s List” teachers can deepen student understanding of the
Shoah and build awareness of contemporary anti-semitism and hate
crimes. Why is it important to teach about the Holocaust and other acts of
genocide? We need to teach young people about the dangers of prejudice and the
way that dehumanizing a minority was used to advance an evil agenda.
We need to understand what happened and why it happened so that we can take
action to prevent this in the future. Oskar Schindler was one ordinary man who
chose to take a stand. If we look deeply and broadly we can find others to
learn from and emulate what they did. We can teach young people the notion that
one person, one gesture, one step to correct a wrong can make a huge
difference. As founding spokesperson for Journeys in Film,
I hope this curriculum guide will help you share with your students a
meaningful understanding of the complicated man that Oskar Schindler was.
I hope it will instill a vital determination to wipe out prejudice and
racism wherever it is found so that genocides like the Holocaust can
never happen again. I’m asking teachers to please teach the
story in schools. That’s the most immediate and important thing you can do
so that our next generation will grow to be the citizens we want them to be, the
citizens we need them to be to protect our democracy. Thank you.

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  1. للاسف تكررت في البوسنه في العراق، في اليمن، في بورما و في سوريا ❣❣

  2. Oskar is a true hero

    “He who saves the life of one man saves the entire world”

    “If you save one life you are saving the whole of humanity”

  3. im happy he talks about it in a fine way. when i just go online and play games there are so many people who judge, cause im german. what do i got to do with the misteps of the history. wonderful actor, words, also especially the soundtrack brings me to tears. i come from the old german democratic republic, and i can tell you the people never choose it to be like that. here in germany if you deny the holocaust you can end in prison.

  4. I don't care if Liam Neeson goes on to make Taken 10 in the future. He will never match the emotional impact he made when he played Oskar Schindler.

  5. Love Liam. Thank you for shining your light into such Darkness. Same with human trafficking! The children. We are in dark times. LIGHTHOUSE 🙏 AMEN. History is so vital!

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