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Schindler's List of Dreams and Tears

Schinder's List is one of those films that I like to watch at least once or twice a year. Steven Spielberg's monumental film about unlikely Holocaust hero Oskar Schindler, is a cinematic triumph. It is hard not to be moved by the film's authenticity in telling the story of the world's most awful genocide in history. I am not immune.

I have seen the film countless times and I always cry at the same place, near the end. Schindler, brilliantly portrayed by Liam Neeson, is forced to go into exile when WWII ends, an unfair reward for the 1,200 Jews he had saved from certain death. The rescued Schindler Jews honor him with a hand-crafted ring expressing their gratitude to Herr Direktor. At this point, Schindler breaks down in tears saying, "I could have gotten more." That is always the place where I lose it.

Every. Single. Time.

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