Why should I visit Oskar Schindler’s Factory?The story of Oskar Schindler, his factory, and the survival of the Jewish workers at the factory was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s movie Schindler’s List. While much of the film is fiction, the core story remains true: Schindler was a German entrepreneur, member of the Nazi party and spy, who took over the factory after it was confiscated from its original Jewish owners. Throughout the occupation and World War II Schindler negotiated to keep his workers in his factory, building them separate quarters in the nearby Plaszow labor camp. The factory allows visitors to see Schindler’s office, but it also includes a broader exhibit about life in Krakow during the Nazi occupation and World War II. A visit to the exhibition is both educational and a way to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and those who resisted it.
Was there really a list?To this day, the existence of at least 7 such lists is known, of which four have been recovered. A full list of the Jews who worked at Schindler’s Factory is inside the memorial to the Schindlerjuden.
Was Schindler’s List filmed here?Parts of Schindler’s List were filmed at the factory, including scenes using the exterior of the building and its staircases.
How much of the factory is the original building?The original factory building is still standing. It continued to be used as a factory until 2002 by a different company which made telecommunications equipment, before being split into two museums, one about the factory, Oskar Schindler, and the lives of his workers, and MOCAK, a museum of contemporary art. Schindler’s office contains the original furniture, the rest of the exhibition space has been restructured for visitors but contains items from the time.
How long does a visit to the factory take?Guided tours take about 90 minutes, but individual visits may take longer. There’s no time limit once you’re inside.