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The Story

SCHINDLER'S ARK

Schindler's Ark was where Jews on Schindler's List were saved instead of going to Auschwitz and certain death. In the central scene in the film by Spielberg, if you were on the list Jews were sent to this Ark in the home region of Oskar and Emilie Schindler.

The buildings form the only concentration camp, which saved rather than exterminated Jews. Who were Oskar and Emilie Schindler, why did they do what they did to save the Jews, would we respond like them now?

The buildings of Schindler's Ark are in disrepair and danger of collapse. The Low-Beer family owned the factory before they had to flee from the Nazis in 1938. In 2018, after eighty years, the Low-Beers have reunited with locals to create the Foundation Arks to help save and rebuild Schindler's Ark for future school children and visitors. They are committed to save and make history together again.

Aims and Priorities

The foundation has two main aims:

  1. Save and develop a memorial to Schindler's Ark, Shoah and the Low-Beer factory for school children and visitors to experience the history and film where it occurred
  2. Promote activities which benefit the people of Bmenec and the wider Moravian region and its promotion at the heart of Europe In addition, the Foundation will work

In addition, the Foundation will work

In an independent, open and apolitical manner reflecting the spirit and continuing contribution of the Low-Beer family to the region

This document presents initial plans and options for wider open and transparent consultation on how the buildings should be restored, used and Supported

Next Steps

The Low-Beers and the Arks Foundation are committed to save and make history together again. They need your input and support.

1

Create Foundation September 2018

To integrate the buildings into an open, apolitical foundation, for consultation and input

3

Saving the Ark, July 2018 to December 2019

a. Securing the site - preventing it falling down, secure building roofs, basic wood and metal materials, cameras and security

b. Preparation of the site - architectural support, and environmental cleaning of the site given its recent use as a working textile factory

2

Consultation, September 2018 to March 2019

Produce video and document on the plans for consultation, ideas and inputs.

4

Rebuilding the Ark: 2019 to 2021

a. Initial Building - open the Schindler story and the Ark of the initial building to show the film, encounter the Schindler Jews.

b. Progressive development of the site - Modular development of the site adapted to funders as a home or ark for their activities. This includes the Schindler archives, the German or Austrian building, the local activity and seminar space.

1

Create Foundation September 2018

To integrate the buildings into an open, apolitical foundation, for consultation and input

2

Consultation, September 2018 to March 2019

Produce video and document on the plans for consultation, ideas and inputs.

3

Saving the Ark, July 2018 to December 2019

a. Securing the site - preventing it falling down, secure building roofs, basic wood and metal materials, cameras and security

b. Preparation of the site - architectural support, and environmental cleaning of the site given its recent use as a working textile factory

4

Rebuilding the Ark: 2019 to 2021

a. Initial Building - open the Schindler story and the Ark of the initial building to show the film, encounter the Schindler Jews.

b. Progressive development of the site - Modular development of the site adapted to funders as a home or ark for their activities. This includes the Schindler archives, the German or Austrian building, the local activity and seminar space.

Contribute

How you can support?

Feedback and consultation on the site

provide your feedback comments, links and ideas on the project to consultation@arksfoundation.net

Become a Friend of Schindler's Ark

to get updates and information register with us and send us an email at contact@arksfoundation.net

Support and funding

Saving the Ark: The initial goal is 200,000 euros to secure the basic building, architecturally and to ensure security for the site. There will then be the environmental cleaning and preparation of the full site in addition.
Rebuilding the Ark: If you can help with any connections to key partners who could see this as their home including: Spielberg and Shoah Foundation, Austrian and German museums and government, European Funding, Czech and regional Interested parties with testaments and materials.

Save Schindler’s Ark at the UN, 21.01 to 10.02.

Remembering and rebuilding

Come and see Schindler's ark 25 years after Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List

My family owned the factory which became Schindler’s Ark. See and listen to the stories of escape of the Schindler Jews, Low-Beers and Arnost Lustig families, and efforts to save and rebuild this key monument

Opening 1pm, 25th January

Opposite the UN delegates Lounge exhibition runs 21 Jan to 8th Feb.

Discussion and film every Mon, Thu, 1pm Under the Auspices of the Czech Mission to the UN in Geneva

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Open consultation on the Arks Project, Feb 2019

Two consultations were completed in Prague at the Jewish Community Centre, and Brno at the Low-Beer Villa Museum. They support the aims of the project to be open, transparent, apolitical and work with partners.

The consultations involved panel discussion with the Shoah Foundation, The Jewish Federation, Eva Lustigova (the daughter of Arnost Lustig whose foundation will work in Arks), Mr. Olbert who managed the factory, Daniel Low-Beer and a diverse audience.

The very good discussion and recommendations are summarised in the document "Saving and Rebuilding Schindler's Ark Consultation - summary".

Download the document.Send us your suggestions.

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