Only a dozen or so years ago one of the most important, but less popular places in Krakow was certainly Schindler’s factory tour. Few people knew how important this place was during World War II. So what was factory Schindler? Why should it be such an important place on the map of every tourist?
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It is worth knowing that the Schindler Factory is nothing more than the German Enamel Product Factory. When the liquidation of the ghetto contributed to the creation of Schindler’s factory in the sub-camp of the labor camp in Płaszów, the prisoners working there lived in the factory area, thanks to which they could avoid difficult living conditions in the proper camp.
During the appointment of people to work in the factory, Schindler mainly designated people who the camp doctors would consider unable to work, and thus would end up in the gas chamber. Schindler thus wanted to protect especially children, women, elderly people and men who are not physically able to work. As a result of Schindler’s proceedings in 1944, over 1,000 people were already working at the Podgórze plant. In 1945 the sub-camp was liquidated as a result of the evacuation of Germans. Schindler moved his production to today’s Czech Republic to Brunnlitz, and the Jews working for him were bought out and deported from Krakow, thanks to which their lives were saved. Today, the Schindler Factory is managed by the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow and the Museum of Contemporary Art.