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Return to the Hiding Place aka War Of Resistance

February 1, 2016

The Hiding Place told a fairly nonviolent story of WORChristians saving the lives of Jews from thje Nazis in Holland. This film shows the resistance. Dutch Resistance fighter Hans Poley in World War II, found refuge at Corrie ten Boom’s house. Hans defies the new Nazi commandant and escapes with his life. He takes refuge in Corrie ten Boom’s house, which is crowded with Jewish refugees and becomes part of her teen age army. Hans gets a false identity and joins the Dutch Resistance. As the Nazis commit atrocity after atrocity, the danger for Hans and his new compatriots increases tenfold.

It’s a good, true story which needs to be told but the editing is poor, the acting wooden and the accents keep resetting back to English as if they’re suffering from some kind of dialect fatigue. It’s probably a bad idea to get everyone to speak English with terrible Dutch accents.

WOR 2Synopsis (from the film’s website):When Corrie ten Boom realizes the rising Nazi empire will swallow Holland and create the holocaust of every innocent Jew in secret death-camps, she faces the deadly threat of these “Death-Skull Storm Troopers” with a surprising remedy: an army comprised of untrained teenagers.

Around that same time, brilliant young physics student, Hans Poley, chooses not to join the Nazi party. To protect him, his parents force him into hiding in the home of Corrie ten Boom. While in hiding, he witnesses the atrocities toward the suffering Jews and decides he must do something.

Hans is drawn in by resistance fighter, Piet Hartog, and love of Piet’s life – Aty van Woerden (Corrie ten Boom’s niece) into an intricate web of espionage and clandestine activities centered in the famous Hiding Place.

WOR 3As part of Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers, Hans, Piet, and their friends navigate a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in their modern-day, panicked exodus from death while embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt with the underground involving Gestapo hijacks, daring rescues, codes in windswept old windmills, and stunning miracles in one of history’s most famous dramas. Climaxing in the true, breath-taking rescue of an entire orphanage of Jewish children marked for mass execution by Hitler’s assassins, audiences will both cheer and weep at this exciting, sobering tale of Hans and the youth movement that dared to resist one of History’s cruelest tyrants.

PETER SPENCER (director): Of course, many people have read the story of Corrie ten Boom who hid Jewish people — 88O of them — behind the wall of her home in the Netherlands when the Nazis were slaughtering the Jewish population. So, I had heard that story as a young man growing up. One day I ran into and met an older man (Hans Polo) and, as we talked, it became clear that he had been in the Hiding Place…and he had been in the Resistance…So, as I began to hear the stories from him, it turned out that it was all teenagers — except for one 25-year-old man. The 88O Jews had actually been rescued by an army of teenagers that Corrie used to call her teenage army. So the stories began. I just started listening to his stories about breaking into Gestapo headquarters and things. To make sure they weren’t (exaggerated), I checked with the Dutch archives and checked historically and, sure enough, these young people had put their lives in danger. Many of this game their lives for total strangers. And, I thought, you know what, this is the kind of story that young people need to see — that is selfless, that is sacrifice and where you care for others more than you do yourself. So, he and I became close friends and I began to record his life story and that’s how this film came to be.

WOR 4When asked by a Jewish refugee why he did what he did, Hans answers: First it was easy to read about the war – not care beyond my love, my life –then I met the suffering. One can’t look into the eyes of the hurting, and hear their pain, and not get involved. When I saw the innocent perishing up close, I felt compelled to do something about it… I want to follow my master who died for total strangers, even those who hated him. He stood in the gap to take the violence upon himself.

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