It’s already been 20 years since East Hampton director Steven Spielberg wowed and horrified audiences with his Oscar-winning, 1993 film Schindler’s List about Nazi Oskar Schindler‘s efforts to save his Jewish workforce from his own people in Poland during World War II.
The black and white film was a tour de force for Spielberg and it earned him seven Oscars, or Oskars, including Best Picture and Best Director, that year.
Now, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the director is taking his film on the road for a series of charity screenings to benefit the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which he founded in 1994 after making Schindler’s List. Spielberg has overseen a total restoration of the movie, and the first screening is scheduled for September 12—on the eve of Yom Kippur—at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The USC Shoah Foundation and its Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action that could stop future atrocities.
On a related note, if you haven’t already seen it, check out Inheritance, a documentary about Monika Hertwig the daughter of Amon Goeth (the monstrous Nazi played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List) and her efforts to understand the truth about her father. As part of her journey, Hertwig meets Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig, a woman who basically lived as Goeth’s slave in a villa overlooking the Plaszow concentration camp in Poland, which the Nazi commanded during the war. The two embattled women meet at Plaszow more than six decades after Goeth was hanged for his crimes.
Individual tickets for the Philadelphia benefit screening of Schindler’s List range from $1,000 to $100. Sponsor packages are also available for $2,500 for those who want to donate tickets to local educators, students and others who might learn from the film. For more information about the benefit screening, call the benefit line at 215-665-7208.