In a climactic scene at the close of the film, Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler prepares to flee from the Allies after the Nazis are defeated. The Jewish survivors he has saved want to express to Schindler that by saving them, he has saved humanity. They give Schindler a ring made from their gold fillings, engraved with a quotation from the Talmud . . . “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.”
Understanding the gravity of his actions, Schindler is moved with regret . . .
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.
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 didn’t!
This scene inspires deep introspection . . . one reflective response might be, “As I near the end of my life, will my heart be at peace with the assurance that I gave my all for the cause of Christ? Or will my heart be troubled with regret . . . ‘I could’ve done more!’”
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