Steven Spielberg Believes Holocaust Education Should be Part of School Curriculum

Liam Neeson, Embeth Davidtz, Steven Spielberg, Sir Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall at the "Schindler's List" film discussion, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, 26 Apr 2018. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock (9643897x)

25 years after Schindler’s List was released, the cast of the Oscar-winning film reunited at the Tribeca Film Festival for a special anniversary screening.

Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Embeth Davidtz and Caroline Goodall, as well as director Steven Spielberg watched the film amidst a packed audience—marking the first time Spielberg had done so since the motion picture’s released in 1993.

The 71 year old said that making the film about “the banality of the deepest evil, feels like five years ago,” instead of a quarter of a century.

A recent study showed that a significant portion of millennials in the United States are grossly ignorant regarding the details of the Holocaust, while a majority of Americans believe that such an atrocity could reoccur.

Spielberg expressed his belief that more should be done to educate young people about the Holocaust.

“It’s not a pre-requisite to graduate high school, as it should be. It should be part of the social science, social studies curriculum in every public high school in this country,” he said.

While not stating specifically that Schindler’s List should be taught in schools, the acclaimed director stated that “these stories that Holocaust survivors have the courage to tell” should be on the curriculum.

We couldn’t agree more.