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“We are Not To Be Trusted”

Oskar Schindler's Factory
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Private Schindler's List and Jewish Heritage Tour in Krakow
Ranked #9 of 282 things to do in Krakow
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Housed in the former administrative building of Oskar Schindler factory, Emalia, is a museum that tells the story of Schindler and the Jewish prisoners of Plaszow who were the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's hit movie, "Schindler's List."
Alloa, United Kingdom
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“We are Not To Be Trusted”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Th ePoles have a wonderful way with their living museums. The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising in Warsaw is as harrowing as Auschwitz or the Katyn Museum. Established on the site of Oscar Schindler's factory the Museum charts and in places recreates the events surrounding the Nazi invasion of Krakow and the establishment of the ghetto there. Darkness, wailing sirens, voices, film footage, recreated streets and train carriages the whole effect is one of claustrophobia and mounting terror. Ample interpretation in both Polish and English the staff ensure that the visitor's journey is intimate and leisurely paced. Near the end of the tour one has to navigate through a replicated ghetto street, in darkness, where the walls , shaped by the Nazi into tombstones, loom and press onto one's psyche and spirit. Even the floor, uneven and soft reminds us how the ground was taken from under them, where one's sense of a place on the Earth is no longer solid. It is tentative, unstable, its reality an illusion. The ground beneath one's feet is not solid. History moves on, it is fluid; our morality is fluid; nothing can be trusted. We are not to be trusted.

Visited February 2013
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“One of the best museums I've ever been to!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I was expecting a whole exhibition based solely on Schlinder's Factory. However, only a tiny part of the exhibition is about Oskar Schlinder. Most of the museum gives a history to how Krakow was during the Nazi Occupation.

What made this museum so unique and so moving was the fact that it was so personal. Several of the displays and text and photos were peoples individual experiences of living in Krakow at the time. You get a real feel for how the people had to struggle, and it was presented through a range of media, ranging from static text, fim clips, wall displays, floor displays etc.

The museum was so interesting - it is a DEFINITE must see for people of all ages! There is also a cloakroom which is free to leave coats/scarves/hats which makes walking round much more comfortable.

Visited February 2013
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“Krakow at war”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Very informative, giving all details regarding the german invasion of the city and the outcome, many pics and stories to read some quite heart breaking

Visited February 2013
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Aberdeen,Scotland
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“Not as expected”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Very informative with lots of information and phots/video shows of the Nazi occupation of Krakow...BUT...the factory behind the Facade does not exits anymore...you only find that out at the end. The admin building you see in Schindler's List is exacty the one you visit but the factory itself is gone.

Visited February 2013
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is so well done. Lots of information and also lots of atmosphere, you really feel you are living the past, and understanding the circumstances under which Polish people lived.

Visited February 2013
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