Schindler’s List is adapted from Thomas Keneally’s historical fictional novel Schindler’s Ark. It’s the story of the titular Sudeten-German businessman who rescues over 1,000 Holocaust refugees after giving them jobs in his factory empire. And Irishman Liam Neeson took the role of bringing the leading character back to life.
The real Schindler spent the whole of his life savings either bribing SS officials not to execute his workers or buying black market supplies. He and wife Emilie later relocated to West Germany and then Argentina where he went bankrupt. He then passed away in the German town of Hildesheim in 1974 aged 66.
Schindler’s List received its world premiere in Washington, D.C. in November 1993 and went on to become both a critical and commercial success. It grossed $322 million at the box office, recouping its budget more than 15 times over. And it’s since attained a status as one of the finest movies not only of the 1990s, but of all time.