In the 1940s, almost all European women did not shave any of their armpits, legs, or pubic areas, especially work or death camp women who were not allowed even the basics. All but one of the women in the film are trimmed and groomed.
When Rudolph Höss meets with Schindler, Höss states that I.G. Farben needs labor for "his chemical factory" as if the name were for a specific person. I.G. Farben was in fact the name of an industrial conglomerate and the not the name for one particular individual.
When the Nazis are separating healthy and sick prisoners, they play two shellac records. The second disc is labeled "Fogg Records", but Mieczyslaw Fogg founded his record company after the war; moreover Fogg recorded mostly (if not only) Polish performers at his studio, and that song doesn't resemble a Polish song.
(German version only) When Schindler and Goeth argue about the disposition of Helen Hirsch, we hear Goeth pronouncing the name of Auschwitz incorrectly, he says "Aus-schwitz". This error can be noticed at times in German public as people indeed seem to confuse the name of Auschwitz (which is German for the Polish town name Oswiecim) with "Ausschwitz" (where "ausschwitzen" actually means "to exude").
When Goeth tries to execute the rabbi, he pulls a semi-automatic pistol from his pocket. When it doesn't fire, he manually recharges the weapon by pulling back the slide. The very first time he does so, a cartridge is ejected from the weapon, but each time he racks the slide after that, the weapon fails to eject a cartridge, meaning that the magazine was empty.
Oskar Schindler tells a guard, that only a kid can polish a 45 mm shell from inside. However, German army did not use 45 mm caliber guns at all (not counting a small quantity of captured Soviet tanks, for which the Germans did not manufacture ammunition anyway).
After the little boy takes the saddle out of the car and after Schindler says thank you - he passes on some cigarettes to a Schutz-Staffel personnel at the camp and Schindler calls him "Rottenführer", but the rank/insignia of the SS man responds to a different rank called Sturmmann which is one rank lower than the Rottenführer rank.
During the clearing of the Krakow ghetto, a SS soldier berates another soldier for shooting the boy he was dragging back to the assembly area. This soldier repeatedly mispronounces the verb "schiessen" (to shoot) with an "i" sound instead of the correct "e", making it sound like he is using the verb "scheissen" (to defecate).
After Goeth attempts to shoot the rabbi only to have his pistol fail to fire he pulls a second semi-automatic pistol from his pocket to shoot the rabbi. After this pistol also fails to fire several times Goeth hits the rabbi and walks away dropping the pistol on the ground. The pistol that he drops is a revolver and not the semi-automatic he removed from his pocket.
The Doctor who poisons his patient in an act of mercy killing is first seen covered in blood scrambling to get the poison from a pharmacy. Moments later he is seen in a perfectly clean identical coat when he is distributing the poison. A bit later he is seen carrying a wounded woman who is subsequently shot by an SS man, the former bleeding out on the doctor.
When the kid is painting the letters "DIREKTOR" for the first time, a serif font is used. In a subsequent shot the word is shown in a san-serif, bolder, almost stencil-like font. The size of the word is also much larger than before.
At the end of the film, when we see the real survivors with their movie counterparts pay homage at Schindler's grave, each person lays a small rock on the flagstone, as per the Jewish custom. The small rocks on the flagstone change shape, color and position more than a few times, as each time the camera drops to capture the laying of these stones.
In the ammunition factory, Schindler approaches the rabbi working at a grinding machine from behind and asks him a question. The rabbi does not hear it, due to machine noise, so Schindler calls him a little louder. The rabbi then switches the machine off and answers the original question, which he did not hear and Schindler did not repeat.
When the men use a little boy to get ice from the roof of the train while they're going to Schindler's factory, the barbed wire on the window is in a zig-zag pattern, but the exterior shot reveals a line pattern.
The sequence of Schindler interviewing for a secretary position opens with a wide shot showing furniture in the room that is covered while the walls are being painted. Once it cuts to a close shot, the furniture is gone.
Towards the end of the film, when the Russian soldier liberates the Schindler Jews who are sleeping outside of the factory, as he rides towards them on a horse there are lot of gaps on the ground between the sleeping Jews. Then the camera angle changes to a position behind the soldier, and there are far more people lying on the ground with no gaps whatsoever between them.
When the Schindler women are being loaded back onto the trains to go to his factory, one shot shows Helen Hirsch and Rosalia Nussbaum already on the train. In the very next shot, when the SS man is removing children from their mothers, both Helen and Rosalia are suddenly back in the lines.
The opening sequence in the train station, one can clearly see that there is no metal cover where the guy is setting up the table, yet as they begin to take names, it seems that the action is happening in a different place.
When Schindler is sitting with the SS officers on the train platform, a side view shows a leaking fire hydrant and one of the officers hands him a drink. The next closeup scene, Schindler asks Amon if he could get the fire hoses out to spray the train cars, and he is handed the same drink for a second time.
When Schindler and Poldek Pfefferberg meet at the church, Poldek reaches into his jacket pocket with his right had to grab a notepad and pencil to take Schindler's order for black market items. The camera switches to a view behind Poldek and he is now grabbing some paper off the front of the pew with his right hand.
When Amon randomly shoots the prisoner when no one confesses to stealing the chicken, the man's body crumples straight down to the ground. In the next view, the man's body is laying flat on his stomach when he is shot in the head by the officer.
The scene inside the cellar between Oskar and the maid, when she faces the camera head on, there is no light coming from the right, yet as the scene progresses and the shot tightens, somebody turns on a light which becomes visible as they cut to her left and her head tilts forward.
Among the decorations worn by Amon Goeth on his SS uniform are the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Sudentenland Medal, and the Silesian Eagle. Goeth was never awarded any of these decorations; in the case of the Silesian Eagle, Goeth would have been 11 years old when the badge was presented.
The dogs used for crowd intimidation in many scenes throughout the movie are shepherds, (presumably German shepherds). Shepherds are working dogs and bred for tending livestock. The Nazis used dobermans, which were bred by the Germans specifically to be fast and focused and intimidating.
When Rabbi Levartov lights the candles during a small Sabbath service at Schindler's factory in Czechoslovakia, he uses the wrong blessing. Instead of chanting "l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat" (the blessing over the Sabbath candles) he chants "bo'rei p'ri hagafen" (the blessing over wine).
After the party at the beginning when we first see Schindler, there is a shot of a column of German solders marching down the street. One of them is carrying a MG42 machine gun over his shoulder. That weapon was not introduced until 1942, yet this scene takes place before the deadline for the Jews to move into the ghetto which, according to the movie, was in March 1941.
Incorrectly regarded as a goof: When the train containing the women leaves Krakow-Plaszow and is mistakenly rerouted to Auschwitz (roughly 25 miles west of Krakow), the train is shown passing a mountain range. in reality, there are no mountains between Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. In real life transports to Auschwitz and the other death camps didn't always go direct and were often times rerouted via less direct routes , so this transport may have passed mountains (the Tatra mountains are around 160km from Krakow). This could also add considerable travel time to the transports; journeys that should have taken hours could take days.
When Schindler takes his meal he uses his fork with the right hand and his knife with the left. Not being left-handed this would be a very unusual thing for a German man to do. In fact, Germans and many Europeans do in fact cut their meat with their dominant hand, and do not rotate utensils. Rather the meat is eaten straight from the knife, so the way Schindler eats in that scene is technically culturally correct.
When they are separating the healthy from the sick, one of the men running naked is clearly not circumcised. However, many of the Jewish prisoners were not Torah observant but in fact had been assimilated into Gentile society, and thus may not have been, in fact, circumcised.
When Schindler is getting dressed to go to the night club at the beginning of the film he pours a clear liquid into his glass on the table next to the radio and lamp from a Hennessy VSOP Cognac bottle. Hennessy VSOP Cognac has a dark, amber color and wouldn't be clear for any reason.
Just after the little boy is held up to pull down another icicle from the roof of the train, the camera angle switches to the exterior and pulls back to show the train going by with no trace of snow or ice anywhere else on the train except right over that one doorway.
After the scene in the factory where the workers are shown how to make soup pots, Stern leads a group of people to the front of the line to obtain their work permits, but he isn't wearing his armband with the Star of David.
The hanging of Amon Goeth looks absolutely nothing like the actual film footage of the execution. Place, clothing, procedures, number of people involved and the graphic events that took place are all wrong.