19 March 2016

Visits to Krakowa and Oświęcim

On Tuesday, March 15, we visited the Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland, and met with the executive director - historian Monika Bednarek. We discussed the making of the museum, made famous by the film "Schindler's List", and which is just 5 years old because, we were surprised to learn, the factory continued to operate until the early 2000s. Ms. Bednarek was extremely gracious with her time and information. The Schindler Enamel Factory is one of three sites she directs called The Memory Trail. The other two sites are The Eagle Pharmacy that served the Jewish populace walled off into a ghetto where food was rationed to starvation levels, and Pomorska Street, the German command building and holding cells that housed the resident Gestapo headquarters. www.mhk.pl/memory-trail



The Schindler museum's exhibits are extensive, robust in archival and tactile material, theatrical, interactive and utterly consuming. You travel from the 4th floor in a twisting labyrinth of places, events, people from just before Germany's invasion on September 1, 1939 through the end of World War II, the liberation of the concentration camps, and into the period of Soviet control.

 Click here to watch a 1-minute video taken
in the hall depicting the invasion attack.
 




There are places in the exhibit where you can feel so overwhelmed that you begin to look for ways to escape - and there will suddenly be a real window allowing you to see sky and the tops of buildings. You turn away to realize there's only one way out, to push through the experience until it is over.


At this moment you recognize that resistance, a determination to survive, to take what control you could, would be both psychologically and in fact would be critical to your survival in such conditions, and would ultimately affect the outcome. This is something we raise consistently in discussing the history and legacy of living in slavery in the United States.



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