Schindler's List (1993) Poster

Embeth Davidtz: Helen Hirsch

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  • Helen Hirsch : My first day here, he beat me because I threw out the bones from dinner. He came down at midnight and asked for them. And I asked him, I don't know how, I could never ask him now, I said, "Why are you beating me?" He said, "The reason I beat you now is because you ask why I beat you."

    Oskar Schindler : I am sorry for your troubles, Helen.

    Helen Hirsch : I have accepted them.

    Oskar Schindler : Accepted them?

    Helen Hirsch : One day, he will shoot me.

    Oskar Schindler : No, he won't shoot you.

    Helen Hirsch : He will. I see things. We were on the roof on Monday, young Lisiek and I and we saw the Herr Kommandant come out of the house on the patio right there below us and he drew his gun and shot a woman who was passing by. Just a woman with a bundle, just shot her through the throat. She was just a woman on her way somewhere, she was no faster or slower or fatter or thinner than anyone else and I couldn't guess what had she done. The more you see of the Herr Kommandant the more you see there are no set rules you can live by, you cannot say to yourself, "If I follow these rules, I will be safe."

    Oskar Schindler : He won't shoot you because he enjoys you too much. He enjoys you so much he won't even let you wear the star. He doesn't want anyone to know it's a Jew he's enjoying. He shot the woman from the steps because she meant nothing to him. She was just one of a series neither offending him or pleasing him.

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