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Steven Spielberg Noun 1. Steven Spielberg - United States filmmaker (born in 1947)
 wouldn't take the bait when asked about ``The Passion of Christ Passion of Christ
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.'' The setting was an event Wednesday celebrating the DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
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Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology.
 release of ``Schindler's List,'' which was attended by cast members and Holocaust survivors There are many famous Holocaust survivors who survived the Nazi genocides in Europe and went on to achievements of great fame and notability. Those listed here were, at the very least, residents of the parts of Europe occupied by the Axis powers during World War II who survived .

``I certainly am not going to comment based on circumstantial evidence circumstantial evidence

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 from what I've been hearing and feeling in the last seven or eight days,'' said Spielberg about ``Passion.'' ``I think it's much more important, and I'm really too smart to answer a question like that. When I do see the film, the first person who will hear from me will be Mel Gibson Noun 1. Mel Gibson - Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Gibson

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 and no one else.''

Instead, the director was was using the event to spotlight the Shoah Visual History Foundation, an organization that he founded after making ``Schindler's List.'' In its 10 years of existence the group has archived the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivors.

Spielberg said he hoped the foundation's work would be able to prove to doubters that the Holocaust actually happened (Gibson's father, who has made controversial statements doubting the Holocaust in recent weeks, was not brought up), adding that Shoah was also reaching out to young people to educate them about genocide, not only in World War II but in other places like Rwanda, Cambodia and Armenia.

Still, he noted, ``There are Holocaust deniers who are so stuck in their hatred for Jews that neither 'Schindler's List' nor the Shoah Foundation Shoah foundations are organizations that are formed to further the remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II. There are currently two major foundations that are internationally active.  will be able to convince them that 6 million murders actually occurred, but still we must try to convince them.''

On the surface, the event had the trappings of a typical release party - every major news organization and entertainment show or publication was there, plus, of course, plenty of publicists. There were laughs, too. (``Right on, San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden ,'' Spielberg said when asked about gay marriages.) But the serious issues were never far away.

Before he addressed the media, Spielberg toured the Shoah Foundation, located on the Universal Studio Lot, along with ``Schindler's List'' cast members Ralph Fiennes Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes, (IPA: [ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz], born 22 December 1962) is a Tony Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated and Genie Award-nominated English actor. , Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is an American-born South African actress. Biography
Early life
Davidtz was born in Lafayette, Indiana while her South African father was studying chemical engineering at Purdue University.
 and Caroline Goodall, as well as four Holocaust survivors who had been rescued by Oskar Schindler, the Swedish businessman who tried to protect thousands of Jews during World War II.

During the tour, survivor Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig told Spielberg, ``Schindler saved us, but you gave us our second life.''

Another survivor - Leon Leyson, a retire Los Angeles school The Los Angeles School of Urbanism is an academic movement emerged during the mid-1980s, loosely based at the University of Southern California and UCLA, that poses a challenge to the dominant Chicago School of Urbanism.  teacher - echoed Jonas-Rosenzweig's thoughts. ``Up to 'Schindler's List' we didn't even talk about the Holocaust with our own children.''

Both of the survivors had been youths during World War II.

After hearing the testimony, Kingsley, citing Archbishop Desmond Tutu's ability to get white South Africans A
  • Andries Hendrik Potgieter
  • Andries Pretorius
 to admit their crimes, said he hoped that more people who were involved in the crimes of the Holocaust would come forward and give testimony.

The DVD, which is being released Tuesday, includes an 11-minute clip narrated by Morgan Freeman explaining the work of the Shoah Foundation and a 77-minute documentary, ``Voices From the List,'' which presents never-before-seen testimonials from Schindler survivors.

Spielberg said he delayed the DVD release in order to mark the 10th anniversary of the foundation.

``I thought it would be significant to wait and remind people,'' said Spielberg, adding that, ``What we've learned is that people don't learn that much from history. ... When 'Schindler's List' came out, it was received in a wonderful, open-hearted, open-minded way, and then the world became a very sad place.''

And while no one would comment directly on ``Passion,'' Douglas Greenberg, the foundation's president, said, ``(As a Jew) I can't help but be nervous when I read about swastikas being painted on synagogues or see a sign that says 'The Jews killed Christ,' '' referring to the sign posted by a Colorado minister after seeing ``Passion.'' ``But if that is the disease, (the Shoah Foundation) is the cure.''

More about the Shoah Foundation can be found at ``Schindler's List'' (Universal; $26.98) includes ``Voices From the List'' featurette and ``Behind the Shoah Foundation With Steven Spielberg'' featurette.

Rob Lowman, (818) 713-3687





Ralph Fiennes, left, Ben Kingsley, Steven Spielberg, Embeth Davidtz and Caroline Goodall promote next week's DVD release of ``Schindler's List'' and the work of the Shoah Foundation, which documents the stories of Holocaust survivors, at Universal Studios Wednesday.

David Sprague/Staff Photographer
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