This year, the 27th of January marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp in Auschwitz. World War II demonstrated for the rest of the world some of the poignant moments of the 20th century. The holocaust saw the death of over 6 million Jews in Nazi concentration camps. In the midst of such horrific events, there are several Christian movies that tell the stories of how men and women of God helped those in suffering.
All throughout history, any event of war or horrendous inhumanity has always set the stage for those who know and fear God to act in defiance of evil. Christian films depicting these actions have been spreading the news about the valiant spirit within each believer for years. We’ve put together a short list of some profoundly moving films from the World War II era that are sure to inspire You and compel You to action in defiance of any evils in the world today.
The Hiding Place (film) – Starring Julie Harris and Jeanette Clift, this true story entails a family fighting Nazi oppression with love. Voted one of the 10 best films of 1975, The Hiding Place depicts the life of Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom (Clift). With the WWII Nazi invasion of Holland, the ten Boom family joins the underground resistance to help save persecuted Jewish families. When they are arrested and imprisoned themselves, they’re left with nothing to cling to but their faith.
Hanged on a Twisted Cross: The Life, Convictions, and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (documentary) – Using rare archival footage, documents, and visits to original locations, we get an intimate portrait of a man whose life and writings grow in their influence and speak powerfully to issues of our own day over 50 years later.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Memories and Perspectives (documentary) – For all who have been touched by the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this film is a must! An emotionally charged film you will never forget. Frist-hand accounts from Dietrich’s family, friends, and students give intimate insight into the struggles, growth, and motivations of Bonhoeffer in a way that will make you ask anew what it means to be a Christian today.
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (film) – The life story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (film) – 2005 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Sophie Scholl – The Final Days is the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine brought to thrilling dramatic life.