While in Krakow, I visited the new Oskar Schindler’s Factory Museum. Everything I read about the museum was true. It was a great museum.
The opening of the museum starts in the last days of summer 1939. Then after the invasion is announced, the next room was decorated with Nazi flags that you had to weave through. It is a superb visual to prepare you for the rest of the museum.
I have visited nuerous WW II museums in Europe and I found this to be one of, if not, the best! The museum did an excellent job of making you feel like you were actually there at the moment. Here are a few other photos from my visit…
I apologize for the picture of the hangings. However, I cannot get this visual out of my head. I find it incredibly interesting that two Nazi soldiers stood to have their pictures made with men that they had just hung. I think it speaks volumes.
I learned that the Nazis walled in the Jews and there were several comments from Jews living in the ghetto that the wall looked like tombstones and that they were being buried alive by the wall. As I finished the tour, I walked through this area of darkness and the path was incredibly “mushy” for a lack of a better word. Then, I walked into this incredibly light room with several cylinders rotating with writings from various languages. It was a stark visual from the room I had just walked through.
As I was preparing to leave, I met one British man. I was still processing all that I had just read and seen when he commented, “I expected the museum to be bigger.” It caused me to stop and ponder that for most things in life, it truly is in the eye of the beholder, whether it is beauty or otherwise.
I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to visit Krakow to put this museum on your list. It is definitely worth the visit. Of course, this is just “in the eye of the beholder.”
FYI: more photos here