Remember the only stitch of color in the all black and white classic film, “Schindler’s List?” It was the girl in the red coat. The bright red of her coat jumped off the screen, contrasting the stark black and white surrounding her. It was the single most horrifying moment from the film. Spoiler alert: As a wheel barrow was being pushed across the movie screen, we see the red coat on the bottom of a pile of dead bodies. This scene may be hardest to watch, knowing how young, innocent and unaware that little girl was.
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The actress who played the girl in the red coat is Oliwia Dabrowska. She was just three years old when she appeared in “Schindler’s List.” Oliwia is now 23 and she recently stated that she watched the film for the first time at age 11. She said she was horrified. Director Steven Spielberg told her to wait until she was 18 to watch the film but curiosity got the best of her.
Oliwia still acts part time while she studies Library Science and hopes to go into publishing after she graduates college.
She now looks back with pride on the part she played, Red Genia, in the most moving scene in one of the most important films of the 20th Century. “Schindler’s List” celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
How did you feel when you saw this scene? How did “Schindler’s List” impact you?