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In honor of the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, “Schindler’s List” will be re-released for a limited time in select theaters. The film will have had both its sound and its picture digitally remastered so that new and old fans of the film alike can see it on the big screen. Roughly 1,000 theaters are set to carry the film on Friday, December 7, 2019.

Spielberg’s masterpiece tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party, who saved the lives of more than 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. He spent the entirety of his life’s savings keeping the Jews in his employ from harm and was named Righteous Among the Nations by Israel in 1993. He was buried on Mount Zion in Jerusalem after his death on October 9, 1974.

When it was first released, Spielberg actually expected the film to do badly in theaters but felt he had to make the movie regardless. Instead, “Schindler’s List” set the country ablaze. Critics raved about the film, and audiences gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews. It remains one of only a handful of films to earn the “A+” grade from CinemaScore. Spielberg’s peers were deeply impressed as well and even stated the film was “absolute perfection.” The film won seven Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and was deemed “culturally significant” enough that the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Most importantly, however, “Schindler’s List” was well received by the Jewish community and Holocaust survivors.

The rerelease of the film comes with the tagline, “A story of courage that the world needs now more than ever.” There is certainly truth to the statement. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in an alarming way. There has been a 57 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, and nearly half of Europe has stated that anti-Semitism is a growing problem in their home nations. It is concerning, however, that most of those who say that anti-Semitism is on the rise do not see any serious problem with the trend. Even worse, more than a third of Europeans state that they either know very little about or have never even heard of the Holocaust.

Between rising anti-Semitism and the overwhelming hatred so many people are beginning to express toward those who do not share their heritage, political views or other differentiator, the story of a man risking his life to save others is beyond timely. It might just be the reminder people today need that we are all human, and that there is no greater act than saving a life.

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