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repost from @holocaustmuseumThe Germans devastated the Warsaw Zoo during their invasion of Poland in 1939. The #zoo, which flourished under Antonina and Jan Zabinski, was no longer a sanctuary for its animals. But soon it was the only lifeline for hundreds of people escaping the hands of the Nazis. With empty cages to spare, the couple smuggled in Jews from the #Warsaw Ghetto and hid them among the few remaining animals. Husband and wife played different roles in fighting the Nazis. Jan worked tirelessly with the Polish resistance, burying ammunition in the elephant enclosure and stashing explosives in the zoo’s animal hospital. Antonina cared for the zoo’s inhabitants––both human and animal. She sought to help her “visitors” thrive in hiding, encouraging them through play, music, and interaction with animals. “She redefines what it means to be a hero. Antonina’s representation of a hero uses love and compassion as a weapon against hate.”– Jessica Chastain, on her role as Antonina Zabinska in the film of the Zookeeper’s Wife, March 2017. To watch a discussion panel at USHMM with @jessicachastain click the link in our bio

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“There are many ways that someone can be brave and strong. I think that Antonina shows that compassion is an incredible form of strength.”

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bio | Jessica Chastain as Antonina Żabińska
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social | Day 13 | 10.12.15

“Jessica carries this elegance with her, reminding me of an actress from the 1930s or 1940s. Sometimes I would get transfixed by how perfectly she inhabited the period.”

Daniel Brühl
On Jessica Chastain
bio | Niki Caro, Director
bio | Daniel Brühl as Lutz Heck
social | Day 14 | 10.13.15

“Daniel is an actor of great charm who transmits intelligence on-screen in a way that is mesmerizing. But he could also show the menace that Heck was capable of.””

Jeff Abberley, Producer
On Daniel Brühl
social | Day 15 | 10.14.15
bio | Johan Heldenbergh as Jan Żabiński
social | Day 18 | 10.17.15
social | Day 20 | 10.20.15

“Johan is dynamic, and can express so much with just a look. He is soulful.”

Jessica Chastain
On costar Johan Heldenbergh
social | Day 30 | 11.02.15
social | Day 33 | 11.05.15
social | Day 37 | 11.11.15
bio | Michael McElhatton as Jerzyk
social | Day 40 | 11.16.15
social | Day 42 | 11.19.15
social | Day 45 | 11.23.15
bio | Iddo Goldberg as Maurycy Fraenkel
social | Day 48 | 11.26.15
social | 11.27.16
bio | Efrat Dor as Magda Gross