Searching for the Star of David - Oskar Schindler


Who was Oscar Schindler? A trouble-maker, a dandy, a woman-chaser, a spy service agent, a Nazi, and also a human being, who managed to successfully rescue the lives of 1200 Jews. When American film producer Steven Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List, the inconsistency of the story’s main hero, Svitavy native Oscar Schindler, became an often discussed item among the public and media. At the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, the permanent exhibition Searching for the Star of David – Oscar Schindler – Righteous Among the Nations, was opened in 2008, which was created due to the increasing interest of tourists and history lovers in Schindler’s story and the fate of Jews during the Holocaust.

On 34 exhibited panels you can learn about the dramatic history of Jews, who chose the Czech-Moravian borderland as their home. Several hundreds of photographs map the remains of the Jewish settlement in the region, remind us of the development of Jewish dispersions in individual cities and capture Schindler’s life in Svitavy, Ostrava, Cracow, Brněnec and in Argentina and Germany.

The main features of the exhibition are large printouts of names of rescued Jews and scenes from Spielberg’s film, when the rescued Jews were gathered around Schindler’s grave in Jerusalem.

City Museum and Gallery in Svitavy.
City Museum and Gallery in Svitavy.
Seeking the Star of David - City Museum and Gallery of Svitavy.
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