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Monday, October 13, 2008


I recently finished a secular account of the Jewish resistance fighters during WWII. The Bielski Partisans were the largest Jewish partisan force during that war and they are the main subject of the book. This story appealed to me for these reasons:
1. The main characters were Jewish.
2. They were three brothers.
3. Their actions saved the lives of women and children, as well as men.
4. And finally, they were Sheepdogs!
The name of the book is Defiance and it was a very interesting read, considering the current economical situation. Although I'm not sure any of the individuals were Christians, and each of the men had personal issues, some very interesting principles were brought to light. Here are some of my favorite portions:

(The brothers determined to resist the Germans after the Bielski parents were killed) They knew that to succeed they needed weapons. Arms would reduce danger and increase independence. But the Germans had strict laws against the possession of arms- ownership of weapons was illegal and all civilians caught with a gun were committing crimes punishable by death.
Principle: weapons are an invaluable tool to survival, freedom, and self-defense.

It was extremely difficult to get the people to leave the comfort of the ghetto. Tuvia Bielski knew that they would all eventually be killed but the predominate thought was: There is no other alternative, we'll have to go into the ghetto. It's not too bad, somehow we'll survive. Let's not be smarter than the others. We will live just like the rest will.
Principle: security with slavery is more desirable to most people than freedom with danger.

The main foundation of the Bielski partisans was: Don't rush to fight and die. So few of us are left, we have to save lives. To save a Jew is more important than to kill a German.
Principle: a true sheepdog realizes that it is more important to save life, than to kill. Even if it means running away. Preservation of life is the ultimate goal, not revenge.

I must say that the book does include graphic accounts of a mature nature so, beware.

I'm looking forward to the release of an upcoming movie on the subject of this book, also called Defiance. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood portrays these men.

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Blogger Ana Smith said...

Wow, what a story! The movie looks very interesting.

October 13, 2008 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comment!

I must admit, I am a little being "R" rated and all. Oh well, some "R" rated movies are pretty good!

October 13, 2008 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

Oh, please do be wary(I'd wonder about your discernment otherwise). I just meant the story line looked interesting. That's always the first thing I think of when watching movie trailers. :-)

But, I can understand it being R rated with the violence surrounding the story. And yes, we can't forget movies like The Patriot and The Passion.

October 14, 2008 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

I understand where you are coming from...just didn't want anyone to think I was endorsing an "R" rated movie that I haven't seen yet.

The trailer looks awesome! (all trailers do) I just hope it doesn't turn out to be truly "R" rated!

October 14, 2008 at 10:21 PM  

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