The Emalia Factory of Oskar Schindler
The wartime history of Krakow and the drama of its inhabitants presented through photographs, films, props and interesting staging.
The exhibition is primarily a story about Kraków and its inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish, during World War Two intersects here with everyday life, and the personal dramas of individual people overlap with the tragedy which affected the whole world. The wartime history of Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik – DEF – and its owner Oskar Schindler was brought into the limelight in 1993 by Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. Currently, the administrative building of the former enamelware factory houses is a branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków. The permanent exhibition presents the figure of the German entrepreneur, “the Righteous Among the Nations”, and the fate of Kraków’s Jews who were saved by him (over a thousand people). It is part of the complicated history of the city during the Nazi occupation in 1939-1945.
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Valid in one of the best restaurants in Krakow- “Pod Złotym Karpiem”. Voucher signed a portion of delicious pierogi and dessert. Details
Visiting Krakow from the level of the Queen of Polish Rivers. Details
Oskar Schindler – German industrialist who saved the lives of many Jewish workers during World War II. He was born on April 28, 1908 in Svitavach, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic). In the 1930s Schindler was a member of the Nazi party. After the German invasion of Poland he took over the First Małopolska Factory of Enamelware and Tin Products “Rekord” in Kraków. Initially, the manufactory produced crockery, then it turned to the production of munitions. Schindler employed 1300 Jewish workers in order to reduce the costs. He took care of them and started to protect them. During the liquidation of the Kraków ghetto in 1942 Schindler saved some of his workers by giving bribes and negotiating the transfer of 900 Jews to a camp built next to the factory. At the end of the war the German camps were being dismantled so Schindler moved 1200 Jews to the factory in Brünnlitz. He himself went to Argentina, where he ran a farm, which, however, soon collapsed. He returned to Germany from where he regularly visited Israel and his Jewish friends. Oskar Schindler died on 9 October 1974 in Hildesheim as a result of liver failure.
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