‘Red Coat Girl’ Traumatized After Watching ‘Schindler’s List’

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 4, 2013 Last Updated: March 5, 2013
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‘Red coat girl’ traumatized: The little girl who wore a red coat in “Schindler’s List” said she was traumatized after watching the film years later, she said in a recent interview.

The actress who played the little girl in the red coat in “Schindler’s List” said that her role in the film left her traumatized for years.

The woman, 23-year-old student Oliwia Dabrowska, told the Guardian: “I was ashamed of being in the movie and angry with my mother and father when they told anyone about the part.”

“People said: ‘It must be so important to you, you must know so much about the Holocaust.’ I was frustrated by it all,” she told the Times, according to Reuters.

Dabrowska said that the trauma she endured was not brought about while she acted in the film, but when she saw “Schindler’s List” when she was 11. Director Steven Spielberg told her to wait until she was 18 to watch it.

“It was too horrible,” she said of the experience. “I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn’t want to watch ever again in my life.”

The film includes a number of disturbing scenes, including when Nazi SS officer Amon Goeth shoots women and children in a concentration camp from his window.

The girl in the red coat is spotted by Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist. She is seen wearing a bright red coat—the only color to appear in the black and white movie. In the movie, Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, rescues 1,200 Jews from death camps by having them work in his factory.

Later, Dabrowska said that she realized the importance of the film.

“I had been part of something I could be proud of,” she told the Guardian.

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