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Steven Spielberg and USC Shoah Foundation Institute Recognize Arnold Spielberg With Inaugural Inspiration Award

 Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute Founder Steven Spielberg, was honored yesterday with the Institute's inauguralInspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles. Arnold was recognized for his many years of mentorship and support of the Institute's work, especially in the area of humanity through technology.

A computer pioneer and former electrical engineer, Arnold was a volunteer and guiding light helping inspire the early team at the organization to overcome technical and logistical hurdles. Phil Rosenthal, creator of the highly acclaimed hit comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond, who is a longtime supporter of the Institute, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. He is also the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors. Olga Kern, internationally renowned concert pianist, was the special musical guest and gave a stellar performance.
The Inspiration Award, which will hereafter be known as the Arnold Spielberg Inspiration Award, was established to honor friends who have supported and inspired the Institute, including community leaders, Institute volunteers, teachers, scholars, survivors, and other unsung heroes, and to raise awareness of the Institute's goals of promoting tolerance, cultural understanding, and mutual respect through the educational use of the testimonies in its Visual History Archive.
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has collected and maintains an archive of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, from 56 countries in 32 languages–the largest visual history archive of its kind in the world.
"Arnold's contribution not only to the Institute, but also to the world, through his pioneering work in the field of technology has created a lasting legacy for current and future generations," said Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. "Arnold provided mentorship and support when it was greatly needed, and his astute council helped move the organization in the right direction and frame the groundwork upon which the Institute's Visual History Archive is built."
"I am so pleased and touched to be able to recognize my father's vital contributions to the organization," saidSteven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. "With this Inspiration Award that will carry his name in perpetuity, my father will continue to be a beacon as we pursue our mission."
Microsoft served as presenting sponsor of the event. "It is a great privilege to be a part of this special celebration to recognize Arnold Spielberg for his contribution to the Institute by building upon the promise of transforming and promoting humanity through technology," said Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment business, Microsoft. "We are proud to support the important educational work of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute andSteven Spielberg's visionary purpose to transform people's attitudes, beliefs and the way we learn through eyewitness testimony."
During World War II, Arnold served with the 490th "Skull & Wings" Bomb Squadron, known as the "Burma Bridge Busters," and became communications chief. Arnold helped design and build the first business computer. He also invented and patented the first electronic library system and designed the first electronic cash register, transforming the "point of sale" retail industry.
"I am very proud that my son Steven had the foresight to record the stories of the survivors so that future generations could learn lessons from the voices of those who were subjected to intolerance and hatred, and scholars could research the archive and use the content in whatever way they could to benefit humanity," Arnold said. "Eisenhower told his commanders to take many pictures, because in the future the Holocaust would be denied, as it is even now. I believe the power of the Institute's Visual History Archive, like those photographs, remains a testament to the truth that no one can deny."
The Award Luncheon highlighted some of the organization's milestones and educational programs while allowing Arnold's friends and colleagues to share personal anecdotes about working with him at the Institute. His son, filmmaker and Institute founder, Steven Spielberg, and his three daughters, Anne, Sue, and Nancy, presented their father with the award, with his extended family in attendance.

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