Branko Lustig, an Oscar-winning Croatian film producer and Holocaust survivor, died Thursday. He was 87.
The Yad Vashem center in Jerusalem said Lustig died in Zagreb, the capital of his native Croatia. No other details were immediately released.
Lustig is best known for winning Academy Awards for Best Picture for Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler's List” and for Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.”
He was also an assistant director on Volker Schlondorff's Oscar-winning “The Tin Drum” (1979) and was a local production supervisor on Alan J. Pakula's “Sophie's Choice” (1982), another Oscar winner.
Lustig was born in the eastern Croatian town of Osijek, which was part of the Yugoslavia at the time. In World War II, he was imprisoned at Auschwitz and later in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.
Most members of Lustig's family were slain during the wartime rule of Croatian pro-Nazi puppet Ustasha regime.
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