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Schindler's List factory becomes museum

During World War Two, German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved some 1,200 of his Jewish workers from extermination. His enamelware and munitions factories were considered vital for the German war effort and he claimed his workers all had special skills vital for the operation of his factories, whether they had or not. Many of his "skilled mechanics" were in fact children or handicapped people.

Schindler became the subject of the book Schindler's Ark and later the movie Schindler's List. Now part of his factory in Krakow has become a museum to the city's war years.

The exhibitions cover the outbreak of the war, the German invasion of Poland, Polish resistance movements, and Schindler's struggle to save his workers. The museum is a branch of the Krakow City Historical Museum. The front page of their website has a short video about Schindler that's quite powerful, even if you don't understand Polish.


Photo courtesy Noa Cafri via Wikimedia Commons.

Filed under: History, Learning, Europe, Poland

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