While in Prague, we were subdued after leaving a beautifully restored Jewish Synagogue that had many of its members slaughtered in the holocaust and after spending time looking at a museum they have created in the church. A minute later, we turned a corner in an area, away from most tourist activity, and we thought we had taken a time capsule to 1940’s Poland.
A park was full of Jewish citizens walking about as Nazi soldiers lingered next to their cars and trucks outside a German command post. Of course, we happened onto a movie set for a major motion picture about the holocaust, as seen through the experience of Antonina Zabinska, who with her husband owned and managed the Warsaw, Poland, Zoo and saved about 300 Jews from extermination.
The movie is based on a best selling book The Zookeeper’s Wife.
We saw famed actress Jessica Chastain (from the film The Help), who plays the main part, as she walked her son through the park full of local Jewish citizens. Nearby, German soldiers relaxed on benches, talking on cell phones, awaiting their turn.
It was very eerie and an interesting surprise in a normally quiet neighborhood.