8.00 pm. As war brews over Warsaw in 1939 while life is still running its course, the Germans are slowly beginning to make their presence felt, with Hitler secretly preparing for the German invasion of Poland. A young couple continue their daily routine as owners and keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, but when the German Luftwaffe hammers the Polish capital, their life’s work together with the city, turns to ashes. However, with the zoo liquidated for the war effort & many of its animals tragically destroyed, what was once an animals’ zoo, will now serve as a sanctuary where Antonina, the humanist veterinarian, & Jan can hide the persecuted Polish Jews in plain sight until safe houses are found. This is the dramatic & heart rending story of Jan & Antonina who, regardless of the consequences, refused to wither before the Nazi menace, taking matters into their own hands & sheltering 300 Jews under the Germans’ noses.
Film Mosaic – “The Zookeeper’s Wife”
Tuesday, February 20
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