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  • Oskar Schindler: I know you have received orders from our commandant, which he has received from his superiors, to dispose of the population of this camp. Now would be the time to do it. Here they are; they're all here. This is your opportunity. Or, you could leave, and return to your families as men instead of murderers. [the guards gradually exit; he addresses the workers again] In memory of the countless victims among your people, I ask us to observe three minutes of silence.


  • Oskar Schindler: The unconditional surrender of Germany has just been announced. At midnight tonight, the war is over. Tomorrow you'll begin the process of looking for survivors of your families. In most cases... you won't find them. After six long years of murder, victims are being mourned throughout the world. We've survived. Many of you have come up to me and thanked me. Thank yourselves. Thank your fearless Stern, and others among you who worried about you and faced death at every moment. I am a member of the Nazi Party. I'm a munitions manufacturer. I'm a profiteer of slave labor. I am... a criminal. At midnight, you'll be free and I'll be hunted. I shall remain with you until five minutes after midnight, after which time - and I hope you'll forgive me - I have to flee. [He addresses the factory's SS guards]


  • Amon Goeth: this is cruel oscar . you are giving them hope
    Amon Goeth: You're giving them hope. You shouldn't do that. *That's* cruel!


  • Itzhak Stern: Herr Direktor, Don't Let Things Fall Apart, I Worked Too Hard.
    Itzhak Stern: Herr Direktor, don't let the things fall apart. I worked too hard.


  • Oskar Schindler: ''Whoever Saves One Life, Save The World Entire.''
    Oskar Schindler: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.


  • Amon Goeth: Today Is History, Today Will Be Remembered.
    Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered.


  • Oskar Schindler: I'm Not Saying You'll Regret It, But You Might, You Should Be Aware Of That.
    Oskar Schindler: I'm not saying you'll regret it, but you might. You should be aware of that.


  • Oskar Schindler: I Go To Work The Other Day, Nobody's There, Nobody Tells Me About This, I Have To Find Out, I Have To Go In, Everybody's Gone.
    Oskar Schindler: I go to work the other day. Nobody's there. Nobody tells me about this. I have to find out, I have to go in. Everybody's gone.


  • Itzhak Stern: This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.


  • Amon Goeth: control is power
    Amon Goeth: Control is power.


  • Amon Goeth: They cast a spell on you, you know, the Jews. When you work closely with them, like I do, you see this. They have this power. It's like a virus. Some of my men are infected with this virus. They should be pitied, not punished. They should receive treatment because this is as real as typhus. I see it all the time. It's a matter of money? Hmm?


  • Amon Goeth: You commited this crime?
    OD/Chicken Boy: *sniff* N-No.
    Amon Goeth: But you know who did it?
    OD/Chicken Boy: Yes. (Points to man Goeth just shot)
    OD/Chicken Boy: Yes. [points to man Goeth just shot]


  • Oskar Schindler: A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.


  • Oskar Schindler: I could have got more.


  • Itzhak Stern: The list is an absolute good...The list is life.


  • Amon Goeth: So who stole the chicken? A man walks around with a chicken and nobody notices this?


  • Oskar Schindler: Hey, hey, what are you doing?! These are my workers; they should be on my train!


  • Oskar Schindler: I could have got more. I could have got more, I don't know. If I just...I could have got more.
    Oskar Schindler: I could have got more. I could have got more, I don't know. If I just...I could have got more.
    Itzhak Stern: Oskar, there are 1,100 people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
    Itzhak Stern: Oskar, there are 1,100 people who are alive because of you. Look at them.
    Oskar Schindler: If I had made more money. I threw away so much money. (laughs, then gets teary-eyed) You have no idea. If I just...
    Oskar Schindler: If I had made more money. I threw away so much money. [laughs, then gets teary-eyed] You have no idea. If I just...
    Itzhak Stern: There will be generations because of you.
    Oskar Schindler: I didn't do enough.
    Itzhak Stern: You did so much.
    Oskar Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. This pin...two people. This is gold. Two people. He would have given me two more, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern, for this. (starts crying) I could have got one more person, and I didn't! I -- I -- I -- I didn't!
    Oskar Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. This pin...two people. This is gold. Two people. He would have given me two more, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern, for this. [starts crying] I could have got one more person, and I didn't! I -- I -- I -- I didn't!
    Oskar Schindler: This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. This pin...two people. This is gold. Two people. He would have given me two more, at least one. One more person. A person, Stern, for this. [starts crying] I could have got one more person, and I didn't! I -- I -- I -- I didn't!


  • Oskar Schindler: Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't.
    Amon Goeth: You think that's power?
    Oskar Schindler: That's what the Emperor said. A man steals something, he's brought in before the Emperor, he throws himself down on the ground. He begs for his life, he knows he's going to die. And the Emperor... pardons him. This worthless man, he lets him go.
    Amon Goeth: I think you are drunk.
    Oskar Schindler: That's power, Amon. That is power.


  • Oskar Schindler: I've been speaking to Goeth.
    Itzhak Stern: I know the destination. These are the evacuation orders, I'm to help arrange the shipments, put myself on the last train.
    Oskar Schindler: That's not what I was going to say. I made Goeth promise to put in a good word for you. Nothing bad is going to happen to you there, you'll receive special treatment.
    Itzhak Stern: The directives coming in from Berlin talk about "special treatment" more and more often. I'd like to think that's not what you mean.
    Itzhak Stern: The directives coming in from Berlin talk about 'special treatment' more and more often. I'd like to think that's not what you mean.
    Oskar Schindler: Preferential treatment. All right? Do we have to create a new language?
    Itzhak Stern: I think so.


  • Amon Goeth: The truth, Helen, is always the right answer.


  • Oskar Schindler: Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I'll be very unhappy.


  • Amon Goeth: Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Six hundred years ago when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great - so called - told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. By this evening those six centuries will be a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.


  • Itzhak Stern: The list is life.


  • Itzhak Stern: How many cigarettes have you smoked?
    Itzhak Stern: How many cigarettes have you smoked tonight?
    Oskar Schindler: Too many, why?
    Oskar Schindler: Too many.
    Itzhak Stern: Because for every cigarette you smoke, I smoke the half.
    Itzhak Stern: For every one you smoke, I smoke half.


  • Oskar Schindler: Are you Itzhak Stern? Yes or no?
    Itzhak Stern: Yes I am
    Itzhak Stern: Yes I am.


  • Amon Goeth: I forgive you.


  • Amon Goeth: (His last words) Heil, Hitler.
    Amon Goeth: [about to be hanged] Heil Hitler.


  • Oskar Schindler: I Could Have Done More
    Oskar Schindler: I could have got more out.


  • Itzhak Stern: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire
    Itzhak Stern: Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world.


  • Itzhak Stern: The list is an absolute good. The list is life.


  • Amon Goeth: The truth, Helen, is always the right answer.


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