Over a thousand people have signed a petition launched last week to stop the conversion of an infamous Nazi torture house in Poland from its association with the story told by the movie Schindler’s List into a luxury villa.
A petition on the Change.org website launched by JRoots – a UK-based charity that organises educational tours to Jewish heritage sites – calls on the city of Krakow to make the building a recognised site of Holocaust memory.
The house in question belonged to SS commander Amon Goeth, known as “The Butcher of Plaszow,” who ran the Plaszow concentration camp, where the villa is located.
When plans were announced on International Holocaust Remembrance Day to advance a longstanding project for a museum on the former concentration camp, JRoots tour guides were perplexed to see that the new plan omitted the Goeth Villa.
The group is petitioning the Krakow City Council to ensure that the villa be recognised as a part of the new Plaszow Museum site, requesting that a plaque be attached to the property and that groups continue to be allowed to visit the site.