|Commendably, Spielberg also refrains from shying away from the more unsavory aspects of Oskar Schindler’s character.|
Except that Spielberg's ending with the speech by Schindler where he says that he could have saved a few more lives had he sold his car and other stuff didn't happen. In actuality, Schindler fled the country with quite a bit of money (and pawned the ring the Jews gave him). Had Spielberg stuck to more to the truth, Schindler would have been a far more complex character, but that would have interfered with wanting to tell a reductionist story of redemption.
|In terms of its authentic treatment of the period, Schindler's List offers what are arguably the most thoroughly accurate and realistic depictions of World War II from the perspective of the Jews who lived through this barbaric time.|
Spielberg borrows heavily from films made in the late '40s by Polish survivors turned filmmakers whose films are so authentic looking, that they continue to be mistaken for documentary footage, such as Jakubowska's Last Stage (1948).