Schindler’s List launched a movement. Steven Spielberg’s seminal film, released 30 years ago in late 1993, brought Holocaust remembrance to the forefront of popular culture. It also gave rise to the establishment of the USC Shoah Foundation, which activated thousands of volunteers around the world to record Holocaust testimonies, amassing one of the most substantial collections in the world. Three decades after the Oscar-winning movie’s release, how has it contributed to the evolution of Holocaust history and memory? How have museums, memorial sites, and other Shoah-related films continued to preserve survivor stories? What still remains to be done?Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the USC Shoah Foundation for a panel discussion about the impact and legacy of the seminal film, featuring:
- Joel Citron, Chair, USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors
- Sara Lustig, Chair, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Croatia Co-Chair, daughter of Branko Lustig, Holocaust survivor and Producer of Schindler’s List
- Dr. Robert J. Williams, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation
- Moderated by Annette Insdorf, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust and Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia’s School of the Arts
Joel Citron is CEO of Tenth Avenue Holdings. Citron has served on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies in Europe and the U.S. Citron is also actively involved in philanthropy. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York (N-12th grade), a board member of USC Shoah Foundation and Starfall Education Foundation. Citron holds an MA in Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Sara Lustig is the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia for Holocaust Issues, Combating Antisemitism, and Relations with Jewish Organizations and Communities. In this capacity, she serves as Croatia’s representative in the EU Working Group on the implementation of the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. Yielding over a decade of experience within the Croatian government, she has served as advisor to Ministers of European and Foreign Affairs, the Office of the President and Senior Expert Advisor at the Office of the National Security Council.
Her priorities as Co-Chair of the IHRA are developing the future of global Holocaust remembrance, focusing on the IHRA’s original goal of preventing genocide and mass atrocity crimes, strengthening the #ProtectTheFacts campaign against Holocaust distortion and the IHRA’s outreach to its permanent international partners.
Dr. Robert Williams is the Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. In addition, he is an Advisor to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, and on the steering committee of the German and US government-funded Global Task Force Against Holocaust Distortion. Previously, he was deputy director for international affairs at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, deputy head of scholarly initiatives at the museum, a member of the US delegation to the IHRA, and the long-time chair of the IHRA Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.
He has played several leadership roles in international initiatives focused on Holocaust, antisemitism, and extremism issues. Robert regularly advises international organizations and governments on these and related topics, has led major initiatives on access to archives, and helped establish the US-German government dialogue on Holocaust issues. His research specialties include German history, US and Russian foreign policy, propaganda and disinformation, and contemporary antisemitism. He recently completed a co-edited, 40-chapter volume for Routledge on the history of antisemitism and is preparing a separate monograph on the political and cultural rehabilitation of perpetrators of the Holocaust and other mass atrocity crimes.
Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular “Reel Pieces” series at Manhattan’s 92Y, where she has interviewed almost 300 film celebrities. She is author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francis Truffaut, a study of the French director’s work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.
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