Friday, May 24, 2024

Steven Spielberg Says Shoah Foundation Documenting October 7th Stories, Thought He would Never See “such unspeakable barbarity against Jews in my lifetime”


For 30 years, the Shoah Foundation has been documenting stories of the Holocaust. This is more important then ever since new poll shows young people either don’t believe the Nazis killed 6 million Jews, or that this was somehow a myth. (Thanks to Mel Gibson for this lunacy.)

Today Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg — who started the Shoah Foundation after making “Schindler’s List” — revealed they are now documenting stories of the survivors of the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

“Rob Williams and the team at the USC Shoah Foundation are leading an effort that will ensure that the voices of survivors will act as a powerful tool to counter the dangerous rise of antisemitism and hate,” said Spielberg in a statement on the group’s web site.

Spielberg said the brutality of the October 7 Hamas attacks, along with the surge in antisemitism in their aftermath, has re-opened historic wounds.

“I never imagined I would see such unspeakable barbarity against Jews in my lifetime,” Spielberg said.

The Shoah Foundation is continuing to interview and archive for the history of the Holocaust in addition to the work they will now undertake.

“Holocaust survivors are the most courageous and brave among us, and their accounts are a lasting testament to the resilience of the human spirit,” said Spielberg. “Both initiatives — recording interviews with survivors of the October 7 attacks and the ongoing collection of Holocaust testimony — seek to fulfill our promise to survivors: that their stories would be recorded and shared in the effort to preserve history and to work toward a world without antisemitism or hate of any kind. We must remain united and steadfast in these efforts.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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