May 8, 2011 3:56 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Spielberg to honor Comcast head during Philly gala

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The head of Philadelphia-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 Monday night. 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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