Visitors to Krakow will be able to see for themselves how World War II affected society, both individually and as a whole. The museum’s Remembrance Trail aims to familiarise visitors with the tragedy of Poland, which began in 1939 and lasted until 1956. This route consists of three points of interest, which we will tell you more about below.
With narration and sound, this Schindler’s Factory museum tour creates the perfect atmosphere for visitors. The guide provides an immersive experience that takes you back in time to when these things took place – it’s truly amazing and moving! What is the history of the place?
The factory at 4 Lipowa Street started in 1937. It was managed by three Jewish owners. In 1939 it was taken away from them and into the hands of Oskar Schindler – an entrepreneur who initially employed Jews for economic reasons, but soon realised their importance – he began to save them by issuing kennkarts which protected them from deportation/concentration camps, so they could continue working in his thriving factory. A sub-camp was opened on the site of this factory where his workers worked. Even when the factory moved, his workers went with him.
The Eagle Pharmacy
The second point on the Remembrance Trail is the museum dedicated to the extermination of Jews in the Krakow Ghetto. Tadeusz Pankiewicz, a pharmacist who ran a pharmacy in occupied Krakow before, during and after World War II, is one of those awarded the Righteous Among the Nations medal. His actions, as an active participant, helped to save the Jews of Krakow by supplying them with medicines under the guise of production and sale in his shop, which became known in the city as a place for clandestine meetings where one could get anything one needed or help.
The former headquarters and command centre of the Krakow Gestapo is where Krakow citizens were detained and tortured. On the walls of the prison, inscriptions written by prisoners interrogated in the years 1939-1945 have survived to this day, constituting a document confirming the events that took place here during World War II. Pomorska Street to this day remains one of the symbols of Nazi crimes.
The Remembrance Trail is not an easy weekend trip. It is worth taking into account the weight of these stories, how important and moving they are. In such places it is definitely worthwhile to maintain the necessary respect.