One of the producers of Schindler’s List donated the Oscar he won for the 1993 film to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Wednesday.
Branko Lustig, a Holocaust survivor himself, attended a ceremony where he presented the Academy Award statuette for Best Picture to be displayed at the site’s visual center, which is the world’s digital film library for Holocaust-related films.
“I’m very honored, I feel this is a good (resting place) for the Oscar,” Lustig, 83, told Reuters ahead of the ceremony in Jerusalem.
Lustig, born in Croatia to a Jewish family, was imprisoned in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen for two years during World War II. After the war ended, Lustig was united with his mother, but many of his other family members were killed. He now spends his time between Croatia and Hollywood and has produced other films, including Gladiator, which earned him a second Oscar.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List tells the story of Oskar Schindler (played in the film by Liam Neeson), a German businessman who saved Jews from the Nazis during World War II. The film won seven Oscars at the 1994 Academy Awards, including best picture.