The Legacy of “Schindler’s List”: Commemorating the Film’s 30th Anniversary
3:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM PT
In-person and online
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Steven Spielberg’s Schindler's List, released 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, creating one of the most substantial collections of its kind.
In the three decades since the release of Schindler’s List, how has the field of Holocaust history and memory evolved? In what ways have museums, memorial sites, and other institutions pursued the preservation and dissemination of survivor stories? What still remains to be done?
Join the USC Shoah Foundation and the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a panel discussion about the impact and legacy of Schindler’s List, featuring:
- Dr. Robert J. Williams, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation
- Sara Lustig, Co-Chair, Croatian International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Presidency and daughter of Branko Lustig, Holocaust survivor and Producer of Schindler’s List
- Joel Citron, Co-CEO, Tenth Ave Holdings and Chair, USC Shoah Foundation Board of Councilors
- 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
This event is held in partnership with the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
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.
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.
Annette Insdorf is an internationally renowned educator, and author of Francois Truffaut, Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust, Philip Kaufman, Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has, and Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. She is a Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia’s School of the Arts and served as Director of Undergraduate Film Studies for 27 years.