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 award-donation ceremony was attended by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who said the Oscar statue attained by Lustig 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.
In the above photo, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Branko Lustig, Avner Shalev Chairman of the YV Directorate, and Liat Benhabib Director Visual Center at YV, standing by the Oscar statue donated by Branko Lustig on display at the Visual Center.