Holocaust survivor and ‘Schindler’s List’ producer gives Oscar to Yad Vashem

A promotional poster for "Schindler's List." Credit: Catherine Chen via Flickr.com.

A promotional poster for "Schindler's List." Credit: Catherine Chen via Flickr.com.

(JNS.org) Auschwitz death camp survivor Branko Lustig, who was one of the producers of Steven Spielberg’s award-winning 1993 movie "Schindler's List," this week presented the Academy Award he had received for his work on the film to Israel's Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

"I'm very honored, I feel this is a good [resting place] for the Oscar," Lustig told Reuters. "I'm not parting with it, I am leaving it to the nation, for generations to come. ... All Yad Vashem's visitors will see it. At my home there is only my wife and my daughter."

The 83-year-old Lustig was born in Croatia and survived both the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. The Yad Vashem ceremony was attended by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who said the donated Oscar statue is a "beacon of light" and a reminder of the sacrifices made by non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

"His decision to separate himself from the award which means so much to a producer, to a creator, and to send it to Yad Vashem for eternity is very meaningful," said Yad Vashem's chairman, Avner Shalev.

Posted on July 23, 2015 .