Spielberg to honor Comcast head during Philly fete

    The head of Philly-based cable television company Comcast is being honored by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who created a foundation to preserve oral histories of the Holocaust.

    Spielberg will present Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts with the Shoah Foundation’s annual Ambassadors for Humanity Award at a Philadelphia benefit gala tonight. The Shoah Foundation and Comcast have joined forces to advance the organization’s mission to promote tolerance.

    Spielberg says Roberts is “a longtime advocate of finding and developing innovative avenues to reach and educate young people.”

    Spielberg was inspired by his 1993 Holocaust epic, “Schindler’s List,” to establish the Shoah Foundation, which gathers video testimonials from Holocaust survivors and eyewitnesses to use as teaching tools. Shoah is the Hebrew word for Holocaust.

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