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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 sans-serif, bolder, almost stencil-like font. The size of the word is also much larger than before.
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.
When the gassing story is told in the women's barracks, one woman is seen to run her hands through her hair. On her index finger is a ring. All the jewelry was confiscated.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
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; thus, they may not have been circumcised.
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 to do. In fact, Germans and many Europeans do 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 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.
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.
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 from a Hennessy VSOP Cognac bottle. Hennessy VSOP Cognac has a dark, amber color and wouldn't be clear for any reason.
At the train station, when Schindler saves Stern from being sent away, an officer is seen flipping through pages of names, but all the pages are exactly the same.
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.
The bottle of Hennessy cognac as seen in the movie is the new shape released in 1990s. The original bottle shape was taller and had different label.
When one train of the male Jews were taken to Czechoslovakia, we can see some electric columns for electric rail tracks. At that time and place, all locomotives were steam-engine.
When the evicted family is shown moving into its new ghetto apartment, a woman who is already there is rocking a baby in her arms. There is crying, but the baby itself is calm.
Crew or equipment visible
The first time Amon Goeth shoots a Jewish prisoner, the large dirt squib is clearly visible in the background before it detonates.
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.
Errors in geography
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.
(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").
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).
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.