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Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Making 'List' Gave Spielberg Appreciation of Holocaust

Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece "Schindler's List" has been released on DVD. The film won Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for the renowned director in 1994, but to Spielberg, the film was much more important than the awards it earned.

Research for the Holocaust drama gave Spielberg a new appreciation for the heroism of concentration camp survivors. "I was there, this is a real story and the people are alive," Spielberg relates.

Spielberg not only employed Holocaust survivors, like Poldek Fefferberg, in his film, he also established the Shoah Foundation, which is producing a filmed record of their stories.

"Schindler's List" stars Ralph Fiennes and Sir Ben Kingsley, and Kingsley joined Spielberg on a tour of Shoah headquarters. Kingsley believes the archive should include accounts of the Nazi perpetrators as well as their victims.

"However agonizing it is and however guilt ridden they are," Kingsley said, "Europe won’t really recover until they say, ‘Yes, I did that.’"

"Schindler's List," is part fiction, but mostly horrifying reality. And thanks to the movie and the Shoah Foundation, history is never to be forgotten.

"When we disappear from this, we disappear slowly. We're getting old," Spielberg said. "At least the pictures will stay and I hope people will learn something from the movie."

The film is just as moving today on DVD as it was on the big screen 10 years ago.

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