None of us would wish hardship on anyone. Disasters that cripple human existence are exactly that –disasters! So, it is always amazing to hear of acts of endurance, survival, compassion and solidarity that come out such situations as portrayed in Defiance. Inspiring, to be sure. In stark contrast to the murderous persecution by the Nazis, there is the heroic life-giving saga of the Bielski partisans. I give the highest praise the producers of this film who have given us a testimony of those who stood in defiance to Hitler’s evil. Here the kind of inspiration we all need, to be sure.
“The real legacy of the Bielskis is that so many people are here on earth who might never have lived.”
— Zvi Bielski, one of Zus’ sons