“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a true story based on the diary of Antonina Zabinski describing the time period at the Warsaw Zoo, run by her and Jan Zabinski, just before and after the Nazi’s invaded Poland at the start of WW II.
Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh) own and operate the Warsaw Zoo. As the Nazi’s are gaining power in Germany, Jan tells Antonina that dangerous times are ahead and that she should think about leaving the area with her son.
Before they can put a plan into action, the Nazis bomb Warsaw and the Zoo. Many people are killed as are many animals at the Zoo. To make matters even worse, the invading Germans decide to use the Zoo as a base of operations and, just for fun, kill most of the remaining animals.
Dark times descend on Poland as Jews are rounded up and executed on the street or shipped off to concentration camps.
Not wanting to sit back and watch this horror, Jan and Antonina join forces with the resistance to help as many Jews as possible escape from the ghetto and make their way to freedom. The Zoo, now a pig farm, is a temporary stopping point for those being saved.
Hundreds of people were saved by the heroic and brave Zabinskis.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a disturbing look at what life is like under a military dictatorship hell bent on destroying the lives of those who just happen to be Jewish.
Lesson’s from history that need to be heeded today.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.