Steven Spielberg said Wednesday in an interview about the 25th anniversary of "Schindler's List" that he believes there is "more at stake" now than when the Holocaust drama was first released, citing a rise in "collective hate."

"Individual hate is a terrible thing, but when collective hate organizes and gets industrialized, then genocide follows," Spielberg told NBC News's Lester Holt.

"Schindler's List" will be returning to some theaters this week to commemorate 25 years since its release. 


"I think there is more at stake today than even back then," Spielberg said. "We have to take it more seriously today than I think we have had to take it in a generation." 

"I think this is maybe the most important time to re-release this film," he said. "Possibly now is even a more important time to re-release 'Schindler’s List' than ... when it was initially released." 

"Schindler's List" follows the story of a German man who saved more than 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust. It won multiple Academy Awards, including best picture.

Holt and Spielberg discussed the resonance of the movie in light of the rising influence of anti-Semitism in the U.S., with the FBI reporting a 37 percent increase in hate crimes against Jewish people in 2017. 

The "Schindler's List" re-release will come a little more than a month after a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 congregants dead. That shooting was reportedly the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.