“Mr. Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” told the story of a man willing to risk his life to save the lives of others. We are not asking you to risk your life. We ask you to use your voice.” On November 2, an open letter written by The Holocaust SurvivorscFoundation-USA was addressed to Steven Spielberg. David Schaecter, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, urged the director to denounce the terrorist acts of Hamas.
A month later, Steven Spielberg broke his silence. The one who rarely comments on current affairs described, Friday, December 1, the Hamas massacres as “unspeakable barbarism.”
In a text published by the USC Shoah Foundation, an association created by the director to preserve the memory of Holocaust survivors, Steven Spielberg declares: "In my life, I never imagined seeing such acts of unspeakable barbarity against the Jews."
In the United States, several cinema personalities such as Gal Gadot, Jerry Seinfeld and Joaquin Phoenix reacted shortly after the Hamas attacks. However, the prolonged silence of the American director was not synonymous with inaction. Since October 7, the USC Shoah Foundation has made it its mission to film the testimonies of survivors of the attacks. “(Our) two initiatives,” explains Spielberg, “the recording of interviews with survivors of the October 7 attacks and the continued collection of Holocaust testimonies, aim to fulfill the promise we made to survivors: that their stories be recorded and shared with the aim of preserving history and working towards a world free of anti-Semitism and hatred of any kind.” “We must remain united and steadfast in these efforts,” he insists.
To date, 130 testimonies have been recorded by the USC Shoah Foundation. They can be consulted online on the foundation's website.