Filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he believes now is "the most important time" to re-release the Academy-award winning film 'Schindler's List'. The prolific director said that now is even more important than in 1993, which was 48 years after the Holocaust.
"I think this is maybe the most important time to re-release this film," Spielberg said in an interview. "Possibly now is an even more important time to re-release 'Schindler's List' than in 1993 when it was initially released. I think there is more at stake today than even back then."
'Schindler's List,' the story of Oskar Schindler and the 1,200 Jews he saved, was a critical and box office hit and went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. The movie is being re-released for its 25th anniversary. There are over 8,500 Schindlerjuden (Schindler's Jews) alive today.
Spielberg told NBC 'Nightly News' anchor Lestor Holt hate has become "less parenthetical today" given the increase of anti-Semitic attacks. In an interview, when asked what he hopes people take away from the film he starkly warned genocide follows "collective hate."
"I think there is more at stake today than even back then," Spielberg told Holt. "When collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows. We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation."
Spielberg acceptance speech for Best Director at the 66th Academy Awards: