Schindler’s Factory is situated in Podgórze – district where the jewish ghetto was localised as well. The exhibition is housed in the original buildings of Enamel Factory at 4 Lipowa Street and shows Cracow during Second World War. Exhibition Kraków under Nazi Occupation 1939–1945 is devoted to the wartime experiences of inhabitants, both Polish and Jewish.
Oskar Schindler came to Krakow during the German invasion in September 1939. As a member of the Nazi party he was able to appropriate the factory which had been primarily set up by Jewish businessmen in 1937. Under Schindler’s control the plant at 4 Lipowa street continued to produce different cookware and varied metal vessels, mostly for the German army. He accomplished big plans of the rapid expansion of production. Schindler also succeeded as supplier of cartridge cases and fuses for bombs and artillery shells.
He reduced high costs by replacing the original Polish staff with cheap labor from the Krakow Jewish ghetto the Nazis organized close by. When Germans liquidated the ghetto in 1943 and moved the remaining Jews to the Plaszow concentration camp, Schindler changed factory into a premises complete with barbed-wire fences and watchtowers.
About 1,200 Jewish prisoners from Krakow survived there and became liberated by the Soviets on May 8, 1945. In 1993 Steven Spielberg immortalized Schindler’s Factory in his movie ‘Schindler’s List’.
Inside the museum you are able to see an installation commemorating the destruction of the Krakow ghetto.
Oskar Schindler’s heroic attitude is presented in close-up in his former office – the historic room located in the factory’s administrative building has been preserved throughout the years.
Check out opening hours below:
regular 19 PLN
concessionary 16 PLN
groups 20 PLN (the charge includes a guide)
groups 18 PLN (the charge does not include a guide)
schools and pensioners 15 PLN (the charge includes a guide)
schools and pensioners 13 PLN (the charge does not include a guide)
family 50 PLN (2 adults and 2 children up to 16, or 1 adult and 3 children up to 16)
guide (for individual turists) 130 PLN
The last admission to the exhibition is 90 minutes before the closing time.
Winter season November – March
Monday 10.00-14.00 (no charge)
Summer season April – October
Monday 10.00-16.00 (no charge)
Every first Monday of the month exhibition is opened to 2 pm