There are many Krakow attractions that you will likely plan to see during your vacation in Poland. A trip to Poland would not be complete without a visit to the Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration camp. Even though it was a dark, tragic time in Polish history, the events represented here are as fascinating as they are shocking. The death camps are located in Oswiecim, which is about 50km west of Krakow. Visiting the camp and seeing the tragic events that took place there is a moving experience. After visiting Auschwitz, make sure that you visit the Oskar Schindler Factory in Krakow. After hearing about the horrors that took place there, it is nice to hear about how one man tried to help those that he could during a time when repression and genocide were prevalent in Krakow.
Schindler Factory stands as no just a museum but as a monument to a man who tried to make a difference in the lives of those he could reach. Schindler was a German businessman and a member of the Nazi party when he took over the enamelware factory in Krakow. He intended to profit from forced Jewish labor and did become wealthy from his business. Whether it was the horrors inflicted upon the Jews or something else that triggered his change, Schlinder began to help the Jews in his factory. By the end of World War II, Schlinder had used most of his fortune trying to protect the Jews. The award winning book, Schindler’s Ark, was turned into the movie “Schindler’s List” in 1993.
The museum is much more than just a story about the life of one man. It is view of how life was in Krakow during Nazi rule. It shows how life was for not only the Jews living in Poland also how life was for ordinary Poles during the German occupation. It is a fascinating look back into a dark period of human history as well as a tribute to a man who tried to right his wrongs.
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