Steven Spielberg

Idyllic home the setting for scandalous story

Occasionally, some movies have a lasting impact on viewers, altering their thinking and even influencing choices in their lives.

Some years ago a reader of my column told me that he used to be an ardent anti-Semite, although he hardly knew personally anyone of Jewish faith.

"I grew up in a family where anti-Semitism had been a tradition, transmitted from generation to generation. I never bothered to question this attitude," he said. "Then I saw Steven Spielberg's movie, "Schindler's List." Seeing it, I read up on the subject and my attitude toward the Jews and other minorities has totally changed."

In a recent column I wrote about seeing the...