Steven Spielberg Says Anti-Semitism Today “Stands Proud With Hands On Hips Like Hitler” | Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has spoken about his impression of current levels of anti-Semitism in the United States.

Speaking on The Late Show with Stephane ColbertSpielberg was asked if the abuse suffered in 1960s California by the young Jewish hero of his new film, the autobiographical drama The Fabelmans, was something he acknowledged today.

Spielberg responded by saying he found the new global rise in anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence “very, very surprising.” Anti-Semitism has always been there, either it was just around the corner and slightly out of sight but still hidden, or it was much more overt like in Germany in the 1930s.

“But not since the Germany of the 1930s have I seen anti-Semitism no longer hide, but stand proud with hands on hips like Hitler and Mussolini, kind of challenging us to challenge it.”

The director, who is 76, added: “I have never experienced this in my entire life, especially in this country.”

“Since the Germany of the 1930s, I have not witnessed anti-Semitism, either hidden but proud, hands on hips, like Hitler and Mussolini, daring us to defy it. I have never experienced this in my entire life. Especially in this country. -Steven Spielberg #Colbert

– The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 3, 2023

Spielberg said he was only beginning to fully appreciate and embrace his experience in pre-production of the 1993 Holocaust drama Schindler’s List, and told Colbert he felt heightened anti-Semitism was part of it. of a broader trend of intolerance.

“Somehow the marginalization of people who aren’t part of some kind of majority race is something that has plagued us for years and years and years,” he said. .

“Hate has become a kind of membership in a club that has more members than I ever thought possible in America. And hate and anti-Semitism go hand in hand, you can’t separate one from the other. ‘other.

Spielberg added that he wanted viewers of The Fabelmans extract a message of hope from the film. His hero’s tormentors are ultimately exposed as vulnerable and decent in their own way.

“To quote Anne Frank, I think she’s right when she says most people are good,” Spielberg said. “And I think deep down inside us is kindness and empathy.”

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