Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory









Located on Lipowa Street in the Zabłocie district of Kraków is Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. If you have seen the movie "Schindler's List", then you might recognize this building as it appears several times in the film. Schindler was a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party who is credited with saving the lives of around 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his factory located in occupied Kraków. Initially he was only interested in making money, so he hired Jews who were cheaper than Poles because their wages were set by the occupying Nazis. Later he began protecting his workers without regard to cost. Whenever the Schindler Jews were threatened with deportation, he claimed exemptions for them. Wives, children and even disabled persons were claimed to be necessary workers. He was able to do this because his factory was deemed essential to the war effort. Near the end of the war, Schindler was alerted that the Nazis intended to close the factories and evacuate remaining Jews to concentration camps. Using bribery, he persuaded German officials to allow him to move his factory and his workers to Brünnlitz, a village in what is now known as the Czech Republic, sparing them from certain death in the gas chambers. The pictures you see in the photos in the windows above are some of the factory workers saved by Oskar Schindler. Today there are two museums located in this building, but we did not go inside.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

18 comments:

biebkriebels said...

It is an incredible story of humanity. There were not many Nazis who did think like that. I still can't believe why you should murder people just for their religions.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela reportagem.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Sandi said...

Unbelievable what people will do to other people. Thank God for those like Oskar.

Marleen said...

The movie is broadcasted on television here each year around May 4, which is our Remembrance Day. It must be very impressive to see this factory.

Christine said...

Very moving to see all those photos of the actual Jews whom he helped to rescue.
I'm sure it was even worth it to see from the street.

Sandra said...

the gate in front of the police car gets a big WOW. love it

Tom said...

...an important part of history. I invite you to share it at Tuesday's Treasures.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is an important part of history. The window wall of photos is wonderful, great that these factory workers were saved. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

RedPat said...

The kind of person who gives you faith in humanity! If only there were more like him!

TheNotSoGirlyGirl said...

uau. such an important piece humankind history! stunning! i was unfamiliar with the story! how amazing it is that this men was able to save so many lives :)


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PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thank heavens for people in the world then and now who know the right thing to do. Unbelievable to think some people think it never happened!

Sharon Anck said...

How wonderful that you got to visit this place. He was an incredible man.

bill burke said...

What an incredible human being he was. The world could use more like him who care about people instead of themselves. It is great that you went there and saw the building. Just seeing it would give me goosebumps. Your photos are fantastic Lois and thanks for sharing this important piece of history.

Revrunner said...

Thinking of all you down there as you await Irma's landfall.

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Linda said...

God bless him. Thanks for the photo tour.

William Kendall said...

The world needs more people like him.

Klara S said...

So many lives saved...