Nonviolent Resistance During WWII

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Those who renounce violence and bloodshed and, in order to safeguard human rights, make use of those means of defense available to the weakest, bear witness to evangelical charity, provided they do so without harming the rights and obligations of other men and societies. They bear legitimate witness to the gravity of the physical and moral risks of recourse to violence, with all its destruction and death. (Part III Life in Christ, Safeguarding Peace III., 2306).

From Waging Nonviolence:

“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.”

Click here to read more about The Book Thief (2013), Rosenstrasse (2003), Sophie Scholl — The Final Days (2005), Miracle at Midnight (1998), Weapons of the Spirit (documentary, 1989), and Among the Righteous (PBS documentary, 2010).


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