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Year: 1993 (66th) Academy Awards

Category: Best Picture

Film Title: Schindler's List

Winner: Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig, Producers

Presenter: Harrison Ford

Date & Venue: March 21, 1994; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Thank you, thank you. Oh, wow. This is the best drink of water after the longest drought in my life. Let me just be brief because I would like Gerry and Branko to say something. Let me just say there are 350,000 survivors of the Holocaust alive today. I implore all the educators who are watching this program to please, do not allow the Holocaust to remain a footnote in history. Please teach this in your schools. There are 350,000 experts who just want to be useful with the remainder of their lives. Please listen to the words and the echoes and the ghosts, and please teach this in your schools. Thank you very, very much for this. Thank you.

Just very quickly, thank you to the Academy, to a brilliant cast, and a marvelous international crew. To my wife Pat for sharing the magic for the past forty years. And to Steven Spielberg for your courage and dedication of purpose that has given each and every one of us such a special and marvelous gift.

My number was 83317. I am a Holocaust survivor. It's a long way from Auschwitz to this stage. I want to thank everyone who helped me to come so far. People died in front of me in the camps. Their last words were: "Be a witness of my murder. Tell the world how I died. Remember." Together with Gerry, by helping Steven to make this movie I hope I fulfill my obligation to the innocent victims of the Holocaust. In the name of the six million Jews killed in the Shoah and other Nazi victims, I want to thank everyone for acknowledg[ing] this movie. Thank you.

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