Kraków, Nazis, Schindler tour topics

This online tour, "Kraków, the Nazis and Oskar Schindler", focuses on the story of the Nazis in Kraków and in particular the life of Oskar Schindler and how his actions influenced the lives of Kraków's Jews.

Our guide Paulina Jurkowska-Pudełko meets you in Krakow's main square and covers a wide range of topics as listed below on this 40 minute tour:

  • A few words about the film "Schindler’s list"
  • Visit Planty Park to hear the story of Thomas Kenneally (the author of the book Schindler’s Ark) and to see his commemorative plaque
  • The beginning of the Nazi occupation
  • Wawel Royal Castle - the main headquarters of Hans Frank
  • Former Jewish quarter Kazimierz - the traces of the Jewish past
  • The second oldest synagogue remaining in Europe
  • On the bank of the Vistula river - the beginning of Oskar Schindler's life story
  • German Enamelware Factory
  • Jewish Ghetto at Podgorski Square
  • Vistuła river bridge
  • Restrictions on public and private life of Jews, eventually being physically excluded from the city
  • Ghetto Hero Square - the site of Krakow's Jewish Ghetto between 1941-1943
  • Small, shared apartments for Jews
  • The Empty Chairs of Krakow - a symbol of departure and a subsequent absence
  • Liquidation of Krakow’s Ghetto
  • The Eagle pharmacy of Tadeusz Pankiewicz - a Jewish shelter and a meeting place of Jews facing deportation
  • Ghetto wall - one of the two preserved in Krakow
  • Wannsee Conference in January 1942 - final solution of the Jewish question
  • Deportation of the Jews from occupied Poland
  • Oskar Schindler’s Factory: how many Jews were employed?
  • Why did Schindler start to employ Jews?
  • Oskar Schindler moving his workers to a sub-camp in the area of his factory
  • History of Płaszów former concentration camp located in Krakow
  • Work in the camp
  • Liquidation of the camp
  • Memorial to the Victims of Fascism
  • Objects found during the recent excavations of the camp
  • The Grey House - a place of torture and the cottage of Amon Göth
  • The Story of Amon Göth
  • 1944 - Germans in retreat, all factories to be closed
  • Oskar Schindler moves his factory to Brünnlitz taking one thousand Jewish workers with him
  • Emilia Schindler organises work for women and a hospital for those prisoners found at Golleschau
  • Oskar Schindler’s life after World War II
  • Schindler’s life in Regensburg and later in Argentina
  • Oskar Schindler eventually recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations”
  • Emilia Schindler - her view on the movie "Schindler’s list"

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