It would be wonderful to be rich

For if I were I could splash out some money on a man I admire.

Oskar Schindler’s factory is headed for the market, and Blahoslav Kaspar knows it will be a tough sell.

The mayor of Brnenec, a village of 1,300 in the eastern Czech Republic, insists the crumbling complex would be the perfect spot for any kind of light industry. He also suggests it could be a Holocaust museum.

The factory once belonged to Schindler, a Czech-German industrialist, spy and a member of the Nazi party who sheltered about 1,200 Jews there in the final months of the Second World War. Their story was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Academy award-winning 1993 film Schindler’s List.

The complex “has real potential,” Kaspar said, looking at the cluster of abandoned buildings from the window of his second-floor office perched on a small hill above the factory. He does acknowledge that for now, “it looks like Dresden after the bombing.”

It would, I think, be marvelous to be able to purchase this complex and then do something useful with it while also preserving the memory of a very flawed man who, when it came time to be counted, stood up and asked to be so.

There are certain problems: there’s at least $2 million of environmental remediation to be done on site. There’s no particular set of local expertise or industry to exploit. The car industry is large in the area but that’s what they were supplying before they went bust. New plant in the area would certainly be cheaper than renovation.

Thus anything that took this on would have to do so as a charitable/historical endeavour.

Which is why it would indeed be wonderful to be rich.

5 thoughts on “It would be wonderful to be rich”

  1. He’s a great man, but my concern with museums is always the one about just how many people visit them and whether we are already filling the need.

    We already have Auschwitz, a number of Holocaust museums, films (whether dramatic or documentary) and books. Could you get the sort of crowds that would even sustain it, or have a source of funding to keep it going?

  2. Didn’t Schindler bribe, lie chest and steal his way through the then current version of The Courageous State?

    I bet he avoided tax as well.

    Anyway, the best memorial would be to setup a factory on the site. Making tin crockery.

  3. Malmsbury
    “Didn’t Schindler bribe, lie chest and steal his way through the then current version of The Courageous State?”

    Yes, he spent his entire fortune on bribes. Which was just as well, since as a Suddeten German, the Czechs would have taken it from him if he hadn’t. Though he didn’t know that at the time.

    Tim, or anyone who know about Czech R – out of interest what is the current Czech take on expelling the Suddeten Germans?

  4. It does not matter HOW “well done,” or “HOW ell funded/kept” a “Holocaust museum is, it just does NOT show what it was REALLY like.

    They serve no purpose except “to be there.”


    Although rebuilt, it IS supossed to be an exact replica. (Aye, right!)

    So why are the public protected from getting as much as a splinter in the barracks?

    Where is the shit running in rivers from the bunks of those with dysentry?

    Where are the piles of rotting bodys?

    Screaming? Shots? Smell of Smoked human?

    These places are a joke. (And I did voluntary work leading tours in more than one. I gave up.)

    It is like trying to re-create Waterloo, or the trenches of WWI with 20 or so ageing re-enactors.

    (I DO Re-enectment, but Skirmishes, to try and re-create the whole, is….:-( )

    My point being, we can NOT live in a museum.


    The whole of EUROPE could be turned over to SOME battle museum, or another, from the Wikings, to the DDR.

    Give them a wee monument, and use the land to create TODAYS world.

  5. Given how making a movie of it gave Stephen Spielberg respectability as a serious filmmaker rather than a brilliant entertainer, how about his investing in a film studio on site? Btw the CzEchs used to make brilliant animations behind the Iron Curtain.

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