Schindler’s Factory Museum in Krakow

 

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This factory was actually factory of “Rekord limited” company which was built in 1938. It produced enamelled pots and pans. During the Second World War, in March 1939, Oskar Schindler took over the factory and changed its name into Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik (DEF).


Schindler was a member of Nazi party and came to Poland right after German invasion looking for good business in new territories. Factory he bought in Podgorze started to produce bomb parts and mess kits for Nazi soldiers. He hired many local Jews to slave work in his factory. Schindler was shocked when he witnessed the destruction of Krakow's ghetto in 1942 and probably then he decided to change his strategy from only making profit to also helping Jewish employees. He started taking care of health and work conditions of the Jews hired in the factory. He claimed he needed much more employees than he did in fact. He made a list of names of indispensable workers in order to save their lives. This list was later called Schindler's List and became a basis for the story in Steven Spielberg's famous movie. There were around 1200 names on his list while probably less than 100 were really needed there. Today factory is a branch of Historical Museum of Krakow.

Opening hours:

Mondays – 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays – Sundays – 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Entrance tickets:

15 PLN – normal

13 PLN – reduced

*on Mondays entrance is free for individual tourists





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