After controversial ‘Schindler’s List’ leggings went viral, the movie’s real-life actress speaks out


The 1993 Holocaust film ‘Schindler’s List’ starred the girl in the red coat, whom critics considered the soul of the story.Universal images

  • After an online outcry, the controversial “Schindler’s List” leggings are no longer being sold.

  • The actor who played the girl in the red coat in the film spoke to Insider about the news.

  • It’s not the first garment to be accused of fetishizing atrocities.

In April, leggings emblazoned with stills from the 1993 Holocaust film “Schindler’s List” went viral and angered customers. Now the Polish actor who played the iconic girl in the film’s red jacket is talking about the design.

The leggings were being sold on the Redbubble artist market and first went viral when comedian Emily Murnane posted a picture of them on Twitter. They were prominently displayed with stills from the rented film, including photos of Polish actor Oliwia Dabrowska, who portrayed the girl in the red coat.

Speaking to Insider about the viral leggings, Dabrowska was appalled.

“Oh, those leggings are awful. Imagine wearing ‘Schindler’s List’ on your own butt,” Dabrowska, 32, told Insider. “How can anyone think that’s a good idea?”

Dabrowska starred opposite Liam Neeson in the Oscar-winning film, directed by Steven Spielberg. Neeson portrayed real German businessman Oskar Schindlerwho saved the lives of some 1,200 Jews from deportation to the infamous Auschwitz death camp during World War II.

Actors Ben Kingsley, who played Schindler’s Jewish employee Itzhak Stern, and Ralph Fiennes, who played famed SS officer Amon Göth, also appeared on the leggings.

Dabrowska was called the heart of the film by critics for portraying a young girl who appears in a red coat in the otherwise black-and-white film and influences Schindler to act during the Holocaust. (As a teenager, Dabrowska even met the “real life” girl in red coatRoma Ligocka.)

The film’s subject matter should never be downplayed, Dabrowska — who now helps Ukrainian border refugees who have fled to Poland — told Insider.

“For me, it’s the most important movie in history. I think because of this movie, we remember. We can’t allow that again,” she said.

Oliwia Dabrowska, the Polish actress who played the girl in the red coat.

Oliwia Dabrowska, the Polish actor who played the girl in the red coat.Courtesy of Oliwia Dabrowska

On Thursday, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported the controversial leggings, in addition to the same print on products such as skirts, shower curtains and iPhone cases, won’t be as widely available online through RedBubble.

RedBubble, which allows third-party users to upload their creations to the site, told Insider that the seller’s account has been terminated.

“Sometimes content issues arise that don’t comply with our protocols. When this happens, we take it very seriously and act quickly,” a rep sent Insider in part, adding that there is rigorous oversight. of the site “in an effort to ensure that content in the marketplace related to sensitive topics remains respectful.”

Other controversial and questionable clothing items have been pulled from stores over the years, including Holocaust-reminiscent paraphernalia that have received similar criticism. In December 2021, Nordstrom apologized on blue and white striped pajamas that evoked the uniforms worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps, swearing not to sell them again, and a clothing brand Zara faced a backlash when she sold a striped children’s top with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest pocket in 2014.

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