ZAGREB, Nov 15 (Croatia Sun News) – Two-time Oscar winning film producer (Schindler’s List and Gladiator) Branko Lustig has died at the age of 87 in Zagreb.
Lustig was born to a Jewish family in Osijek in 1932. During WWII he was detained in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, weighing only 30 kg when he was freed. Most of his family were killed in concentration camps all over Europe.
He won the Academy Award for best producer in 1993 for Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and in 2000 for Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator”. He donated his “Schindler’s List” Oscar to the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem in 2015.
“My number is A 3317. I am a Holocaust survivor. It is a long way from Auschwitz to this stage. I saw many people die and their last words were, ‘Be a witness to my murder. Tell the world how I died Remember,’ Lustig said when he received the Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” in 1993.
Croatian president Franjo Tudjman decorated Lustig in 1994.
In 2014, Lustig was decorated by the president of France and ranked the 29th best film producer of all times by the eminent magazine The Daily Beast.
Since 2008, Lustig has been the president of the Festival of Tolerance – Jewish Film Festival Zagreb.