Schindler's Factory

The story depicted in Oscar-awarded Schindler's List  occurred at 4 Lipowa Street in Krakow, where Oskar Schindler, an entrepreneur of German origin, used his status to save over 1,200 lives of Jews employed in his factory operating there. The site is an interactive museum of a wisely arranged space now, and it will take you back to the Krakow of 1940's to tell you a couple of stories of the Jewish fate.

Tour Overview

The 45 rooms of Oskar Schindler's Factory will expose you to the reality of wartime Krakow under the Nazi occupation, with a comprehensive in-house exhibition of Krakow's streets and interiors where the Jewish citizens of Poland would suffer from terrible oppression. Take a guide to discover more about the brave steps taken by Oskar Schindler to prevent his workers from the certain death of Holocaust.

Krakow, southern Poland, located 60 kilometres from the extermination camp of Auschwitz, would be subject to extreme Nazi terror between 1939 and 1945. Throughout a 2-hour tour of the museum-adapted enamel factory of Oskar Schindler, you will explore a space meticulously arranged by professional stage designers, only to feel as if wandering around the real cobbled streets of Krakow of the war-era. The multimedia-backed exhibition is entirely devoted to the reality of Krakow under German occupation, as both portrayed from the collective (the reconstructed parts of streets and shops of the city, a tram where you may watch a film covering everyday life from the 1940's) and individual (the arrangements of apartments with the newspapers and artifacts of the period, the reality of forced labour for the Nazis) perspectives.

Experiencing the tense atmosphere of an occupied city, where death could await anyone, any time and around any corner, becomes more personalised when you are exposed to individual stories and photographs of the Jews saved by Oskar Schindler. The pile of enamelled pots placed behind the glass in a well-preserved former office of the hero symbolises the number of those whom he helped with his altruistic deeds.

Deprived of any civil rights, trapped in round-ups randomly organised to provide death camps with new inmates, forced to await death sentences in the ghettoes of Krakow or hide in the German-occupied city as helped by brave Polish citizens, the 80,000 population of Jewish residents of Krakow were mostly to face extermination. The ones employed as labourers at the Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik of Oskar Schindler, surprisingly – a member of NSDAP – became fortunate enough to meet a man whose civil courage and humane convictions did not allow for sending them to death even when a top-down decision made them suddenly transported straight to Auschwitz at one point of WWII. The authority of Oskar Schindler resulted in sparing their lives by having them relocated to a less oppressive camp based in the territory of Third Reich.

If you are interested in visiting one of the best and most imagination-appealing museums in Poland, contact us to be provided with personalised assistance. 

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Tour Details

  • Tickets to Oskar Schindler's Factory need to be booked in advance.
  • The museum is closed each first Monday of every calendar month.
  • You can use Krakow Card to visit this museum

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