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SCHINDLER's LIST: The little girl with the red coat - the true story

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    Dr. Leon Schindel built a commemorative plauqe on the mass grave where his parents & brother were burried. This article is about the grave renovation he executed.

As most of you probably already know, the Steven Spielberg's image-movie "SCHINDLER's LIST", is about the incredible true story of Oskar Schindler, a German angel who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

The movie is very significant in the Holocaust rememberance, and is considered as one of the greatest on cinema's history, and was screened around the entire world.

I myself have several family relatives who were saved by Schindler (like the Dresners - Juda, Chaja, Janek & Danka), and some who unfortunately couldn't get into his list due to lack of place and/or money, but survived anyway (like my grandfather Dr. Leon Schindel & his brother Prof. Juda-Idek Schindel).

In the well-known movie, there is a character who is nicknamed as "The Girl on the Red Coat". The character wasn't made up, and is actually based on my father's cousin - GITTEL (GENIA) CHILL .

Gittel was the daughter of Dawid Chill & Ewa (nee Schindel), both perished. In order to save their daughter and themselves, Dawid & Ewa escaped to the countryside, but have left Gittel with her uncle Idek in Krakow ghetto, where Idek was the doctor of the ghetto.

Being with a 4-year-old daughter could have made troubles when hiding in the countryside (the full and extended story of Genia with uncle Idek in the ghetto is described on the Thomas Keneally's novel "SCHINDLER's ARK", the book on which the movie is based).

The little girl, who really used to wear a red coat, was famous in the ghetto in hiding from the Germans, but eventually she was discovered and exterminated in the liquidation of the ghetto on March 13th, 1943.