The Oscar-winning director made the remarks in a characteristic printed Friday by the USC Shoah Basis, a corporation he based in 1994 to document and protect interviews with Holocaust survivors and different witnesses.
“I by no means imagined I’d see such unspeakable barbarity towards Jews in my lifetime,” Spielberg mentioned.
The group has been gathering testimonies and accounts from survivors of the October 7 assaults as a part of their Countering Antisemitism Via Testimony Assortment initiative, a undertaking that paperwork post-Holocaust antisemitism.
Spielberg mentioned the initiative is “an effort that can make sure that the voices of survivors will act as a strong instrument to counter the harmful rise of antisemitism and hate.”
“Each initiatives — recording interviews with survivors of the October 7 assaults and the continued assortment of Holocaust testimony — search to satisfy our promise to survivors: that their tales could be recorded and shared within the effort to protect historical past and to work towards a world with out antisemitism or hate of any variety,” he mentioned.
Spielberg urged, “We should stay united and steadfast in these efforts.”
CNN has reached out to a consultant for Spielberg for additional remark.
The USC Shoah Basis holds one of many largest and most complete video collections of Holocaust survivor and witness testimony.
CNN first reported final month that the Shoah Basis could be working to doc the accounts of Oct. 7 survivors. The group plans to comply with up with the people they interview to incorporate their views with the passage of time.
Spielberg directed the 1993 seven-time Oscar-winning movie “Schindler’s Listing,” a historic drama following the true story of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of over 1,000 Jews in the course of the Holocaust.
In response to the USC Shoah Basis’s website, it was Spielberg’s conferences with Holocaust survivors who visited the set of “Schindler’s Listing” that impressed him to determine the group. It has additionally documented subsequent genocides in nations like Cambodia and Rwanda.