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Steven Spielberg on Re-Release of Schindler’s List: ‘More at Stake Today Than Even Back Then’

Steven Spielberg says the re-release of his award-winning movie, ‘Schindler’s List,’ comes at a very timely moment in the world’s state of affairs.

The film director gave an extensive interview to NBC’s Lester Holt on Wednesday night in order to talk about how his movie will be shown in theaters again for its 25th anniversary. During this conversation, Spielberg emphasized that people must remember the horrors of the Holocaust in order to put perspective on recent trends for hate crimes and hate speech.

“I think this is maybe the most important time to re-release this film,” Spielberg said in an interview. “Possibly now is an even more important time to re-release ‘Schindler’s List’ than in 1993 when it was initially released. I think there is more at stake today than even back then.”

The discussion continued with Spielberg and Holt invoking racially charged incidents like the Charlottesville Riots and the recent shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. When asked if people are forgetting the impact racial hatred can have, Spielberg warned that the repercussions can go beyond a troubling headline about a singular moment.

“Well, just that individual hate is a terrible thing. But when collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows.”

Schindler’s List tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved 1,200 Jewish refugees from the Nazis by employing them in his factories. The film has been lauded by critics since its initial release, and it received numerous awards and nominations from the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

Watch above (start at 17:00), via NBC.

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