GA / HOLOCAUST SPIELBERG WRAP

27-Jan-2014 00:02:40
In an interview with UNTV following a special event commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, filmmaker and founder of the “Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation”, Steven Spielberg, said “bystanding is almost the worst one can do” when “something that we could take action against is happening right before our eyes.” UNTV/ ARCHIVE
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STORY: GA / HOLOCAUST SPIELBERG WRAP
TRT: 2:40
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 JANUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters, North Lawn Building

27 JANUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, US Ambassador Samantha Power walks up to podium
3. Med shot, audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“In 1945 Russian soldiers liberated Auschwitz. Sixty-nine years later, if the United Nations is to live up to the noble purposes for which it was founded, the world again needs Russia to use its influence, this time to ensure that food reaches the desperate and starving people imprisoned and besieged in Homs, Yarmouk, the Damascus suburbs, and elsewhere.”
5. Wide shot, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker and Founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation:
“Their determined demand is that we engage fully with history, that the Holocaust remains with us, in memory. Theirs were journeys into the Holocaust. They cannot emerge from it. And neither can the world until there are no more genocides, until the unthinkable becomes impossible. Tragically, (audience applause) we are all aware that the Holocaust is with us today.”
7. Wide shot, audience applause
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker and Founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation:
“We need to be alert and aware that we can make a difference. We can make a contribution to the entire world by stopping something that may be happening in a microcosm of space and time. As a society we can have a massive effect on the outcome in a very positive way.”

ARCHIVE – UNDATED, AUSCHWITZ, POLAND

9. Various shots, holocaust victims in concentration camp

27 JANUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker and Founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation:
“Bystanding is almost the worst thing one can do, or falling in the black hole once despair, which creates inaction, allows us to look the other way when something that we could take action against is happening right before our eyes.”

ARCHIVE – UNDATED, AUSCHWITZ, POLAND

11. Various shots, holocaust victims in concentration camp

27 JANUARY 2014, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker and Founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation:
“As far as I was concerned in school, the textbooks had nothing about the holocaust. There was a lot about World War II, there was a lot about Hitler, there was a lot about Japan, there was a lot about the Axis, but there was nothing about the holocaust. And yet, in my home they were speaking openly about it, and I didn’t quite, I couldn’t reconcile why I wasn’t being taught what I was being taught at home, why wasn’t I being taught that in school.”

ARCHIVE – UNDATED, AUSCHWITZ, POLAND

13. Various shots, holocaust victims in concentration camp
STORYLINE
The United Nations today (27 Jan) paid tribute to the 6 million Jews and countless others massacred in the Nazi Holocaust with a solemn ceremony in the General Assembly Hall.

UN officials and others warned about mass atrocities being committed elsewhere, including the more recent tragedies in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and war in Syria.

US Ambassador Samantha Power noted that “in 1945 Russian soldiers liberated Auschwitz” and added that “sixty-nine years later, if the United Nations is to live up to the noble purposes for which it was founded, the world again needs Russia to use its influence, this time to ensure that food reaches the desperate and starving people imprisoned and besieged in Homs, Yarmouk, the Damascus suburbs, and elsewhere.”

Filmmaker and founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Steven Spielberg, told the meeting that holocaust survivors demand “that we engage fully with history, that the Holocaust remains with us, in memory.”

Spielberg said the world cannot emerge from the memory of the Holocaust “until there are no more genocides and until the unthinkable becomes impossible.”

Later, speaking to UNTV, the filmmaker said “we need to be alert and aware that we can make a difference” and “as a society we can have a massive effect on the outcome in a very positive way.”

He stressed that “bystanding is almost the worst one can do” when “something that we could take action against is happening right before our eyes.”

Spielberg recalled that as a child growing up in the United States, “the textbooks had nothing about the holocaust. There was a lot about World War II, there was a lot about Hitler, there was a lot about Japan, there was a lot about the Axis, but there was nothing about the holocaust.”

He said that in his own home “they were speaking openly about it” and he had trouble reconciling “why I wasn’t being taught what I was being taught at home, why wasn’t I being taught that in school.”

The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, is held every year on 27 January, the date on which Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of the worst German Nazi concentration and extermination camps, was liberated in 1945.
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