This post, The Zookeeper’s Wife: Compassion, Faith, and Courage, is part of a campaign with Grace Hill Media. All opinions are my own.
When you go to the movies, what type of experience do you seek?
Often, we watch a film to escape our life.
Sometimes it is a movie strictly for entertainment.
Other times, it is one that leaves you thinking big thoughts. Or, maybe it is about someone or an event that happened in the past. I know that those are often the ones which lead to rich discussions with the boys.
One such film is The Zookeeper’s Wife which releases in theaters this Friday, March 31.
About The Zookeeper’s Wife
In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.
When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War).
To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife
Get an idea of your experience with the film by watching this trailer.
The Zookeeper’s Wife Featurette by Hugh Hewitt
Nationally syndicated radio host and conservative columnist Hugh Hewitt (you may remember him as one of the moderators from the 2016 Presidential debates) recently screened the film. Hugh was inspired by The Zookeeper’s Wife and called it: “A powerful and breathtaking movie!”
Hugh is so touched by Jan and Antonina’s story that he recorded this wonderful featurette (see below) about these Christian heroes. The featurette serves as a reminder that true heroism is within us all – it is our bravery, character, and faith that strengthens us and pushes us to commit extraordinary deeds that inspire others.
Jan and Antonina Żabiński, two Christian zookeepers risked their lives to save and shelter over 300 Jews from the Nazis in Poland during World War II. At a time when everyone lived in fear, Jan and Antonina refused to stand aside in the face of injustice – they resisted and stood against evil. The State of Israel would later honor the Żabińskis as Righteous Among the Nations.
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