Girl in the Red Coat From 'Schindler's List' Aiding Ukrainian Refugees

The woman who famously played a young girl in the movie Schindler's List is working as a volunteer helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

Oliwia Dabrowska starred as the "girl in the red coat" in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film about the Holocaust when she was just three years old.

Now, aged 32 and working as a copywriter, Dabrowska has become a real-life hero, offering aid to Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.

"She was always the symbol of hope. Let her be it again," Dabrowska said in a post on Instagram with a still from the film.

The coat of Dabrowska's character is the only flash of color in the black and white Oscar-winning drama, with the little Jewish girl representing the innocence of her people being slaughtered.

The former actress, who is from Krakow, Poland, told her followers on Instagram she was leading a group of volunteers who are providing aid to refugees as they arrive at the Polish border and has confirmed that she has found homes for a number of fleeing families.

On March 13, she posted a photo of herself standing near coaches wearing a high vis jacket.

"Today Russia bombed Yavoriv. Only 20 kilometers from Poland. So close! I'm scared, but that only motivates me more to help refugees," she wrote.

"What about this family? Well, usually we transport refugees in our area, but this time we couldn't just say 'no.' They were desperate to get to their sister. Those kids... my God, I can barely hold back my tears."

In a Livestream posted to Instagram on March 14, Dabrowska said: "I don't wait for things and no one from our group of volunteers wants to hear thank you, we just do our job.

"The people need help and we give them help. I really care about every single person on the border.

"I found a home for ten families, also... I can't count how many transports for refugees from the border to mostly Krakow...and other places in Poland," she added.

"I will do everything I can, I will never forget these people, those faces, those eyes, I will never forget what I've seen.

"You can't prepare for that, you can only imagine there will be suffering people, children, old people, the sick."

Dabrowska has been receiving messages of support from people all over the world and said that she is "exhausted" but "still full of energy to help."

In Schindler's List, Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler who witnesses the young girl in her coat walk through terrified crowds in the Krakow ghetto in 1943 before later spotting her dead body on a cart.

It is witnessing this horror that prompts Schindler to draw up a list of workers who he can save from the concentration camps. The real-life Schindler is credited with saving more than 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust.

Dabrowska spoke about the effect that starring in the movie had on her in a 2013 interview, revealing she was "horrified" when she watched the film.

"It was too horrible. I could not understand much, but I was sure that I didn't want to watch ever again in my life," she told The Times.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has confirmed that more than 10 million people have now fled their homes in Ukraine because of the Russian invasion in what is in one of the largest humanitarian crises in decades.

It reported that over 2.3 million Ukrainian refugees have crossed the border into Poland, with others fleeing to Romania, Moldova and Hungary.

Oliwia Dabrowska
Oliwia Dabrowska starred as the girl in the red coat in 'Schindler's List' when she was just three years old. She is now working as a volunteer helping Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border. Instagram/Universal

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