- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 6, 2018

Steven Spielberg says he believes now is a better time than ever to re-release his 1993 blockbuster hit “Schindler’s List” in the face of rising “collective hate” in the President Trump-era.

The famed Hollywood director lamented the prevalence of “racism” and “xenophobia” in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, which aired Wednesday but was recorded in the wake of the anti-Semitic attack at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 people dead in late October.

“I think this is maybe the most important time to re-release this film,” Mr. Spielberg said.

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“I think there’s more at stake today than even back then,” he added, referring to the film’s original 1993 release date.

FBI statistics released last month showed that hate crime reports increased by about 17 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

“When collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows,” Mr. Spielberg said. “We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation.”

“I think it’s just that — you know, hate has become less of — hate’s less parenthetical today; it’s more a headline,” he said.

“Schindler’s List,” which won seven Oscars in 1994, will be re-released in select theaters on Friday.

Mr. Spielberg, a longtime Democratic donor, spoke out about the state of U.S. politics around this same time last year, saying the country had become more divided now than before the Civil War.

“At dinner-table conversations outside of California, I’m completely mute or I get into these huge rows,” the director said at the time. “The gray and the blue have become the blue and the red. And it is as vast a chasm as our nation faced before the Civil War. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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