Schindler’s ‘Girl In Red’ Grows Up

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

The actress who played the girl in red in "Schindler's List" as a 3-year-old says seeing the film was traumatic. (YouTube screenshot)

The actress who played the girl in red in “Schindler’s List” as a 3-year-old says seeing the film was traumatic. (YouTube screenshot)

Oliwia Dabrowska now realizes Steven Spielberg was right. When they were filming “Schindler’s List,” the director asked the young Polish actress, who appeared as the little girl in the red coat, to promise she would not watch the film until she was 18. But she broke that promise and watched it at age 11, ending up ashamed and traumatized.

The Times of London reports that Dabrowska, now 23, was emotionally confused when adults used to ask about her role in the film. She was only 3 when she appeared, wearing the only garment in color in the otherwise black-and-white film. It’s when the title character, played by Liam Neeson, spots her during the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto that he decides to save the lives of more than 1,200 Jews.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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