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German Olympic figure skater performed to ‘Schindler’s List’ score

Twitter can't agree on whether or not the music choice was inappropriate.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Feb 23, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:52 pm CDT

German figure skater Nicole Schott picked an interesting song to perform to at the 2018 Winter Olympics—music from the film Schindler’s List.

The 1993 film, which was directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who saved more than 1,000 mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II.

A German Olympian deciding to perform to the score from a movie about the Holocaust—especially since anti-Semitism still exists in Germany and has been worsening—raised a few eyebrows. Folks on Twitter expressed their disbelief and disapproval.

Others, however, felt the masses were overreacting. They pointed out that Schindler’s List is about saving Jewish lives so it could be seen as a positive statement from Germany.

Oddly enough, Schott isn’t the first Olympic figure skater to perform to the score. In 1993—right after the movie debuted— German figure skater and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katarina Witt performed to the score in a non-Olympic competition. Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya later performed to the music in 2014 at the Sochi Games.  

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*First Published: Feb 23, 2018, 8:25 am CST