WJC honors legendary film director George Stevens posthumously with the Teddy Kollek Award for the Advancement of Jewish Culture
George Stevens, Jr., a noted filmmaker himself, accepted the Teddy Kollek Award on his father’s behalf, and described the experience of traveling to Europe together in 1957 to prepare ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ one of the first Hollywood film to deal with the Holocaust. “I know that were my father here today, he would consider himself a voice in the chorus of the World Jewish Congress. He, like you, was determined to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and the millions who died, and he believed at his core in tolerance, human decency and justice. I accept this award with what I know would be George Stevens’ embrace of the noble and urgent goals of the World Jewish Congress."