Defiance

I am not a movie critic. In fact, if I am seeing a movie, there is a good chance that it has already been out on DVD for a few years. However, I had to write about this one.

Tonight my wife and I watched the movie Defiance starring Daniel Craig. It is based on the astounding true story of the Bielski Partisans during WWII. The real story of what these courageous people went through is more astounding than any Hollywood writer would dare to create.

The Bielski Partisans were named for the Bielski brothers. Under their leadership more than 1200 Jews survived WWII by living in the woods. They didn’t just survive in the woods. They thrived. The group was able to build a mill, a clinic, and even class rooms in dug out structures.

These people chose to risk their lives to live free and they chose to fight rather than cower. They gave up their comfort in order to gain their freedom. I wonder if we, as Americans, could make the same choice. I wonder if I could make the same choice.

What an amazing story.

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