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Defiance

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There’s a scene in Defiance — the true story of a group of Jews who take refuge in the woods of Poland during World War II — where a Soviet army commander tells star Daniel Craig “Jews don’t fight.” Craig, as one of the four Bielski brothers who form the woodland community, snaps back, “These Jews fight.” And that’s pretty much what Defiance comes down to: Jews with guns who retreat to the Polish woods to avoid a Nazi invasion. This relatively small and untrained group of Jews seems to kill more Nazis during its time in the woods than all of France managed in the entire war. In the end, the Bielski brothers learn something about brotherhood and their bond. We learn that if every Jew had a gun, Hitler wouldn’t have stood a chance. HH 1/2

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