Year 11 - VCE Unit 2 Religious and Society
ASSESSMENT TASK PREPRATION
Ethical decision-making and moral judgment
Answer the following questions, in as much detail as you can:
1) Describe one of the ethical decisions Oskar Schindler made. Was it right or wrong? Can you think of some reasons why he made that decision?
Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party, who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, which were located in occupied Poland.
2) Was Schindler essentially a good man? Explain with examples from the film.
I believe he was a good man as he formed a relationship with the Jewish employees and felt sorry for them. He was aware that if the Jews could not work, they would be sent to their death.
3) Describe Amon Goeth. What type of ethical decisions did he make? What influenced Goeth’s decision-making?
Amon Goeth is representative of power by fear. He prides himself on his ability to kill and the fear it instils in those around him.
An example of this is the scene with Amon Goeth stepping outside onto his balcony shirtless and overlooking Plaszow work camp. The camera moves down to the ground where the Jewish policemen are calling roll. Just as one woman tells another that the worst is over, Goeth grabs his rifle on his balcony. He scans the ground for someone to kill, pauses on a girl tying her shoe, and shoots her in the head. The camera cuts to a woman sleeping topless in his bed. She looks exasperated and covers her face with a pillow. Goeth grabs his gun to shoot again and this time finds a woman sitting on a staircase. Jews shriek and run in terror as they do their work
4) What decision could Goeth have made to make him a ‘good’ person? Use an example to support your answer. Such as, his relationship...