The Zookeeper’s Wife is based on the true story of a Polish zookeeper, Jan, and his wife Antonina. It’s the story of their zoo and the animals and the people that they cared for during World War II. It’s a war story, don’t be mistaken. It’s hard and sobering and brutal and horrific as any story of that time must be if it tells the truth. It’s also hopeful and inspiring, as light shines brightest when it’s dark.
I discussed the book here–this isn’t a repeat of that discussion. Instead, watching the movie I found myself wondering–Why are we sometimes more horrified by cruelty to animals than cruelty to humanity? Or why is cruelty to children more horrifying than cruelty to a grown man? And how does our emotional response fit in with the Biblical perspective?