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Basing most of my reply upon what I could find on the net, since I'm at work, and my copy of the book Schindler's List is at home.

The girl in the red coat was based on an actual little girl who was known for wearing a red coat in the ghetto (she lived though, and wrote her own book about her experiences). So yes, there was some artistic license placing her in the movie, but there was also a reason for it.

Goeth (the head of the camp) really was a bastard. He would set his dogs on children. He really did have people randomly executed in a group for stealing, and someone else claimed the people he executed were the perpetrators. He had the rest of the group whipped. He actually did like to sit with a high power rifle and use prisoners for target practice. He also beat someone's head in with a brick. He did sadist mental games like play children's songs on loudspeakers while taking all the children away from their parents to be gassed. Considering he was diagnosed as mentally insane by SS doctors, it wouldn't surprise me if he did say "heil hitler" at the time of his execution.

So just from the information I could find on Goeth, I would say the camps were depicted accurately, but the acts performed were just so heinous, it's hard to believe they are true, instead of fiction dreamed up to make the audience cry.

Lara Amber
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