Director Steven Spielberg says his Oscar-winning Holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” holds more relevance on its 25th anniversary than when it first came out in 1993.
“I think there’s even more at stake then there was back then,” he told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in an interview published Wednesday.
The film, which won seven Oscars at the 1994 Academy Awards, including best picture and director, arrives back in theaters less than two months after Robert Bowers, 46, opened fire in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and wounded six others.
It wasn’t an isolated incident: the FBI says hate crimes surged 17 percent in 2017, including a spike in anti-Semitic attacks.
“When collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows,” Spielberg warned. “We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation.”
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