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Actor who played Holocaust victim revealed she was horrified when she viewed the film as an 11-year-old, against Steven Spielberg's advice

The celebrated "red coat girl" from Schindler's List, Polish actor Oliwia Dabrowska, has revealed she was left traumatised after breaking a promise to director Steven Spielberg not to watch the film until she was 18.

Dabrowska, aged three when she filmed a key role in Spielberg's landmark 1993 Holocaust drama, adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel, said she was "horrified" when she watched the film when she was 11. "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 also said she "really regretted" not paying attention to the director's suggestion that she "grow up into the film", and not watch it until she was older.

"I was ashamed of being in the movie and really »

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