I watched Defiance (2008, with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber) last night. I’ve had it for a long time and it’s old, but you have to be in the right mood for a serious movie like this.
What a moving film about the best kind of defiance – courage against injustice. Afterwards I went trawling the internet looking for ancestry records, to see how many of my ancestors died in concentration camps like Auschwitz (well, ok, maybe not ancestors, otherwise I wouldn’t be here, but people in my family tree). Our family line was always close to God.
The prayer of the teacher, that God should take their holiness and heritage away was just heartbreaking. I understand on an intellectual level how terrible it must have been to live through it at the time, to be persecuted for something you didn’t choose and couldn’t change. But by the same token, how can you wish away your identity? And then it makes me so angry to think that for all the ones who stood defiantly to their heritage, there were as many again who turned away, they and their descendents… they lost it and gave it up willingly for a few generations in the wake of that. Why would you do that?
And today, people are so dim in this country that they hear my surname and they think ‘that can’t be a Jew, she’s half-Dutch and she speaks Afrikaans’. Black people know their history, but us whities, we just happily cruise along thinking only of now, being master of our own destinies, but how can you know or decide where you are going, if you don’t know where you came from?
Brit-Am does such noble work – please support them as much as possible. So many of us are from the original and lost tribes of Israel and the historical evidence is abundant. We are just ignorant or choose to ignore an inconvenient truth that places responsibilities on us (think back to Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, it’s the same with everything!). This is not to detract from the Jews (the tribe of Judah) – they were persecuted for hundreds of years. Hats off to them, at least to the ones who kept to their guns and their heritage. No wonder then that the prophets of old said, ‘Who is blind but my servant?’ (Is 42:19). The people of God threw the platinum credit card away. Traded it for nothingness. It saddens me beyond description.