A Last Hope: Written in Gratitude, Presented with Love

Schindler’s List

As the movie Schindler’s List progressed, I found myself growing attached to the once selfish Oskar Schindler, respecting his efforts to promote humanitarianism in a society clouded with prejudice and animosity. I was truly saddened, at the end of the film, when he addressed his Jewish workers, claiming that he would have to flee as he was still identified as a member of the Nazi part. As a strong believer in redemption, I believed that Oskar had done more than enough to make amends for his past mistakes, and that a man who had sacrificed so much, including his company, fortune and personal safety, for the security of others should not be persecuted. I was delighted to see that the Jews also valued his contributions and efforts to ensure their safety, reflected by the letter they gifted him as a last hope in case he was ever captured. There are infinitely different ways that letter could have been written, but I believe it would have looked something like:


Dear Liberators,

We, the Jews of Krakow, have spent the last several years in constant struggle and hardship, but, compared to the unspeakable horrors experienced by the rest of our people, we lived in a paradise. A heaven created and supported by your most recent prisoner, Mr. Oskar Schindler. While others were being starved, frozen and

Schindler’s List

abused we were fed, clothed and protected. He may appear to be a war profiteer, his used every Reichsmark he earned to benefit our lives, whether is was getting us food, or liberating more Jews from perilous work camps. He started by hiring us to his company in order to protect us from being transported to a camp at the start of the German attack. Later, when the heinous Amon Goeth took custody over us, Mr. Schindler was able to negotiate us into a sub camp where the majority of us were protected from Amon’s brutality. Finally through the most heroic act any of us had ever seen, Mr. Schindler expended his fortune to ‘buy’ and relocate us to Czechoslovakia where under the façade of work camp, he nourished, cared for and protected us. He paid for us, not once, but twice, as half of us- our wives, mothers and daughters- were accidentally sent to Auschwitz where they suffered through tortures we couldn’t have dreamt of. We have Mr. Oskar Schindler to thank, for not only rescuing our loved ones but for also not being sent to that monstrous camp, which without question, would have been the end of us all.

Although we understand that Mr. Schindler was in a high position during the Nazi invasion, this man rejected all of their values and beliefs, constantly fighting for our lives and attempting to use his power to influence his fellow elitist Germans to lessen the severity of their actions towards us. If his morals still remain in question, please contact any one of the eleven hundred names attached and they will vouch for the ethics principles and innocence of Mr. Schindler, the man that saved their lives.


Gratefully,                                                                                                                                                                                         The Liberated Jews of Krakow

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3 thoughts on “A Last Hope: Written in Gratitude, Presented with Love

  1. Dear Madhav,

    First off, I thank you for sharing such a unique idea with regards to your ideas on the movie. I found your piece to be very creative and that is why I really enjoyed reading your work as it presented something different. What I really liked was that you addressed the “could be” idea, in the sense that this “could have been” what was in the letter but it is simply your perspective. Having tis disclaimer, caused me as the reader to question my own perspective and what I thought to be in the letter which I found to be very connecting and effective. I also really liked the voice you took through your letter as it really did feel as if the Jews were speaking through the letter. Doing this made the piece more believable.

    Something I would suggest to add on to your piece is to have a conclusion or ending of some sort. Just as you had the beginning bit, in italics, having an ending would create unity and bring the whole piece together. As well, writing more in the letter so that more emotion is shown would also add to the piece because the Jews did go through a lot and having that emotion in the letter would make it even more interesting.

    Overall I really enjoyed reading your piece and hope you are able to use my suggestions in the future.


    1. Thanks for reading my post and your suggestions Bhawan!

      I completely agree, a small conclusion at the end would have amazingly unified the entire piece.

      I will keep that, and your other point about adding more emotions, in mind while writing in the future.


  2. Dear Madhav,

    I would like to start off by saying that I too was drawn to the character of Oskar and felt his efforts to change from being selfish to being self less were magnificent.

    This piece is very creative in the sense of style but you took a critical approach in relaying facts, which I admired very much. You relayed information which was accurate and made sure to highlight all the good that Oskar did. It is something that would definitely be taken into consideration by a tribunal or jury.

    One area for improvement I found was maintaining a style. Although you chose to be creative in the letter I felt it was very critical. You did a very good job relaying the information and important facts but perhaps it was too formal? I understand it was designed to be a letter however I feel for the style and tone it was too formal, and for the formality, the style and tone were too soft.

    All in all I did enjoy reading it and thought it was a unique take on the story. I have seen this movie a few times and am a fan of it. Your piece presented here really made me think about some things I had not thought of before.


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