Defiance A Film Directed By Edward Zwick

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Defiance is a 2008 American docudrama film starring Daniel Craig and directed by Edward Zwick. The plot takes place in Western Europe has Tuvia Bielski and his brothers lead a Jewish partisan group against Nazi forces in the struggle for their lives. The group saved more than 1200 Jews from Nazi persecution and would be one of the most successful Jewish resistance groups during WW2. The movie is well done involving multiple elements and a high dose of action and adrenaline. Defiance generally did well in theatres and was well approved by critics; and WELL displays some of the events of the Holocaust.
The bitter winter brings sickness, starvation, betrayal, and constant hiding, afterwards the group learns of an oncoming heavy German attack. This leads the Soviets to abandon their pact and evacuate their camps as the German dive bombers strike. Asael and Sofiya stay behind to delay the assault as the rest of the group flees. Their efforts fail and only Asael and Sofiya survive from the delaying defense. Unfortunately the group is crossed between an impassable marsh and approaching Nazi forces. Although the group is able to pass the marsh they are immediately attacked by a German infantry and tank. Tuvia is able to flank the tank
Tuvia is able to flank the Nazi tank with a MG34 machine gun and uses the tank on the Nazi force; Isaac is shot and killed while trying to throw a grenade which detonates in his hand. Escape seems bleak for the group until Zus returns with some Soviet partisans who have deserted the Soviets; they immediately attack the German forces from the rear and the German forces are quickly overwhelmed. The film ends as the survivors escape into the forest and states “they lived in the forest for another two years, building a hospital and a school, ultimately growing to a total of 1,200 Jews.” It also states “Asael joined the Soviet Army and was soon killed in action, and that Tuvia and Zus survived the war and emigrated to America to form a successful trucking firm in New York City.” The film ends with an epilogue that “the Bielski brothers never sought recognition for what they did, and that the descendants of the people they saved now number in the tens of thousands.”
The film opens in August, 1941 when Nazi forces sweep through Eastern Europe targeting Jews. The Bielski brothers; Tuvia, Zus, Asael, and Aron manage to escape the massacre and confinement to the ghettos after their parents are slain by the local police under the orders of Nazi. The brothers escape to Bialowieza and regroup with other Jewish refugees promising revenge on their parent’s death. The brothers take lead of the group and offer protection and leadership. Within a year the group grows and must raid local peasants and farms to provide food and supplies; this raises the attention of the local police force which causes the group to occasionally move. In the next scene Tuvia keeps his promise and the group initiates a raid on the local Nazi forces; during...

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