Oscar Schindler's Krakow factory to be rebuilt

11th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 May 2005, WARSAW - The enamel goods factory of German entrepreneur Oscar Schindler, who saved more than 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust during World War Two, is to be rebuilt, a spokesman of the office for communal buildings in Krakow said on Tuesday.

11 May 2005

WARSAW - The enamel goods factory of German entrepreneur Oscar Schindler, who saved more than 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust during World War Two, is to be rebuilt, a spokesman of the office for communal buildings in Krakow said on Tuesday.

He also expressed regret at the building's desolate condition which had been highlighted by the daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday.

Guards had prevented several groups of visitors from Israel, United States and other countries from visiting the site where US director Steven Spielberg shot parts of the Oscar-winning film 'Schindler's List.'

"Nobody told us that so many were coming," said a spokeswoman for the city council, and stressed that the factory was to remain open to visitors.

Krakow's tourist office said the factory should be open to tourists. A company had already been hired to clean the factory, the grounds of which were piled high with litter and dirt, Krakow's tourist office said.

According to the report, the Krakow Office for Communal Buildings took over responsibility for Schindler's factory a few weeks ago. Guards have since been told not to allow people onto the grounds.

Initial plans to use the Schindler factory for exhibitions and events commemorating World War Two and the Holocaust fell through last year.

Oscar Schindler had taken over two Jewish enamel goods factories in German-occupied Krakow in 1939. He used his contacts to Nazi authorities to save the Jewish workers from deportation to extermination camps.

Many men, women and children whose names were on Schindler's list of workers survived the Holocaust.

DPA

Subject: German news

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