During my visit in Cracow, I could not miss one of the most important museums of this city – Schindler museum. For seven years the Schindler museum has been visited by a couple of millions of visitors and it does not surprise me. If you are in Cracow you have to see this place. Not only to better understand the history of World War II but also to understand the mentality of Poles.
How to organize the tour to the Schindler museum?
I did not organize the tour to Schindler museum on my own. I decided to take advantage of the offer of DiscoverCracow. It was a really good decision – they provided me with a guided tour with an English speaking guide and took care about entrance fees so I did not have to worry about the details of my trip. The exhibition in Schindler museum is a story about Cracow and the fate of its Polish and Jewish (find out about Jewish Heritage in Kraków) inhabitants during World War II, but also about Germans – occupiers who came here on September 6, 1939, and brutally interrupted the centuries-long history of Polish-Jewish Cracow. The history of World War II crosses – with the tragedy that has touched the whole world.
Schindler’s factory was founded in 1937 under the name of First Malopolska Enamel Wares Factory Initially, it was located at 9 Romanowicz Street, and in 1938 it was moved to a new building on Lipowa Street 4. In 1939, the factory was taken over by German entrepreneur Oskar Schindler and transformed into the Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik (Schindler). The enterprise employed Jews threatened by extermination. Australian author Thomas Keneally had written “Schindler’s Ark”, which was later screened by Steven Spielberg as “Schindler’s List”. Schindler headed the factory until 1945, after that it was taken over by the city, then in 2007, it was divided between the Historical Museum of Krakow and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Historical Museum of the City of Cracow arranged a permanent exhibition devoted to the period of German occupation in the years 1939-1945, entitled “Cracow – occupation time 1939-1945”. The exhibition will show the history of the buildings at Lipowa 4 in a wider historical context. Cracow showcases from the Second World War are taking place in forty-five exhibition halls. The exhibition was divided into thematic blocks describing the role of Cracow as the center of the General Government, the daily life of the occupied city, the fate of Cracovian Jews, the secret state or the history of Oskar Schindler.
Visiting Schindler museum was one of the most striking experiences in my life but I definitely recommend visiting this place because a few hours spent in this place can change our perception of everyday life.