ZAGREB, April 12, 2022 – The fight against the distortion of facts about the Holocaust is more important than ever as Russia attacks Ukraine under the guise of “denazification”, Sara Lustig said Tuesday at a ceremony marking the opened a media production studio dedicated to his father, film producer Branko Lustig.
The ceremony took place at the United States Embassy, which decided to name its new media production studio after Branko Lustig and dedicated a permanent exhibition to him.
Sara Lustig, the Foreign Office’s special adviser on Holocaust issues, said her father, who had been interned in concentration camps during World War II, decided to build “an intimate monument” to the victims of the Holocaust through his films. .
“His most important message throughout his life was to forgive, but don’t forget,” she said.
Lustig said the fight against the distortion of facts about the Holocaust was more important than ever at the time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, under the false pretense of denazification. She warned against indifference to this conflict and Russian war crimes, pointing out that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is showing what it means to be Jewish – to fight for a larger-than-life cause instead of spreading hatred, seeking justice instead of revenge, being modest and showing how to be a leader rather than just talking about it.
Ellen Germain, U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, stressed the need to remain vigilant against abuse and distortion of the Holocaust for other purposes, as evidenced by Russian President Vladimir’s false claims. Putin that Ukraine needs to be denazified.
Branko Lustig was born in Osijek in 1932 and died in Zagreb in 2019. As a child, he was interned in the Auschwitz concentration camp and then in the Mittelbau-Dora and Bergen-Belsen camps.
He won the American Oscars for producing the films Schindler’s List and Gladiator. Throughout his life, he was active in spreading the truth and promoting education about the Holocaust.