Branko Lustig passed away in Zagreb at the age of 87 (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL) Branko Lustig passed away in Zagreb at the age of 87 (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL)

Branko Lustig was born in Osijek, and due to his Jewish descent in World War II he was interned at the notorious Auschwitz and BergenBelsen concentration camps. The majority of his family went missing at concentration camps throughout Europe.

His concentration camp experiences were used in the film Schindler's list, by Steven Spielberg.

Films he worked on include The Tin Drum by Volker Schlondorff from 1979, and Sophie's Choice by Pakula.

He received an Oscar for Schindler's List and the Gladiator by Ridley Scott.

10 years ago Lustig decided to return from the USA to Croatia where he headed the Festival of Tolerance -The Jewish Film Festival.

Source: HRT