Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

In life, our faith, convictions, and courage will be tested. In some people’s lifetime, this test will be set in a background of war, in which the danger is greater, and the stakes and sacrifice higher.

I recently attended an advanced screening of the movie The Zookeeper’s Wife. The movie is adapted from the book of the same name by author Diane Ackerman. It is based on the true story of Antonina and Jan Żabiński, a Christian husband and wife, who oversaw the many animals of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland during the 1930s with love and care.

The Warsaw Zoo flourished and became a destination under Antonina and Jan. People from all over Europe would visit. But the year 1939 marked a turning point. The Nazis invaded Poland and the world was plunged into World War II.

Under the Nazi occupation, Poland was engulfed in fear and oppression. But no one suffered more than the Jewish population who would soon face persecution. Jan and Antonina saw the abuse at the hands of the Nazis. Their friends and the Jewish community at large were rounded up and hauled off to the Warsaw Ghetto.

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