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5 movies that show the power of nonviolent resistance during World War II | Waging Nonviolence

A still from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse, which depicts a protest led by German women against the Nazis.

A still from the 2003 film Rosenstrasse, which depicts a protest led by German women against the Nazis.

Hardly a year goes by without at least one Hollywood film that takes place during World War II. And when Hollywood isn’t making them, other countries are. In fact, there hasn’t been a year since the war ended without several movies featuring events from that period. And it’s hard to imagine a time when that will change. After all, who doesn’t like a good story of resistance in the face of evil?

Yet in their pursuit of showing us the good in human nature — our capacity for courage and sacrifice, and our ability to work together for a common, higher purpose — most of these films have also taken historical shortcuts that offer only a very narrow view of World War II. For instance, we forget that Germans during this period, including Nazi soldiers, were not unanimously in support of Hitler. We forget that there were those who even engaged in resistance, and that more violence wasn’t the only way to challenge the Nazis.

For more on this story, visit: 5 movies that show the power of nonviolent resistance during World War II – Waging Nonviolence.

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