Schindler’s List Oscar has a new home – Yad Vashem

July 24, 2015 Agencies
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Croatian film producer and Holocaust survivor Branko Lustig has presented to Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev the Oscar awarded to him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Schindler’s List, Best Picture of 1993.

The Oscar is now displayed in Yad Vashem’s Visual Center – the world’s digital film library for Holocaust related films.

Branko Lustig presents his Oscar

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Branko Lustig, Avner Shalev Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, and Liat Benhabib Director Yad Vashem’s Visual Center, standing by the Oscar statue donated by Branko Lustig on display at the Visual Centre. Photo credit: Courtesy of Yad Vashem

The event took place during the official visit to Yad Vashem by Croatian President H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović who toured the Holocaust History Museum, visited the Visual Center, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children’s Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

Following the signing of the Guest Book, a joint declaration on Holocaust commemoration and education between Yad Vashem and Croatia was signed. After the

Branko Lustig looking at a facsimile of Schindler's List in Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum Photo credit: Courtesy of Yad Vashem

Branko Lustig looking at a facsimile of Schindler’s List in Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum
Photo credit: Courtesy of Yad Vashem

signing, a special symposium on “Holocaust Memory in Film” took place in cooperation with the Embassy of Croatia. Film producer and Holocaust survivor Branko Lustig, Croatian President H.E. Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev will speak at the event. Liat Benhabib, Director of the Visual Center will also present a lecture on “Reflections: Holocaust Memory in Film.”

Lustig also visited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Branko Lustig was born in Osijek, Croatia to a Jewish family. During WWII, he was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen for two years. After liberation he was reunited with his mother. The majority of his family members were killed in the death camps. A renowned film producer based in Croatia and Hollywood, Lustig has produced many prominent films and mini-series and won a number of prestigious awards, including two Oscars (Schindler’s List and Gladiator).

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