Schindler Comes Home

In its German and Israeli premieres, Spielberg's Holocaust epic spurs tears, controversy and hope

Memory is all we have. And when the memories are dreadful -- when they hold images of the pain we have suffered or, perhaps even worse, inflicted -- they are what we try to escape. The Nazi scheme to exterminate Jews and other undesirables is one such nightmare image; and Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg's drama about the man who saved 1,100 Jews from the Plaszow death camp, is essentially a plea by a preeminent popular artist that to remember is to speed the healing. Last week that moving Holocaust memorial became a mobile one, as the film opened in Germany, Poland...

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