“Woman in Gold” is one of those stories, and one of those movies, that we need to hear and see to remind us that we’re in this world for something more than the comforts and pleasures of the here and now.
Maria Altmann was a woman in her eighties living in Southern California who decided that it was time to try to recover the portrait of her aunt that had been stolen by the Nazis and had hung in Vienna’s Belvedere Gallery for half a century.
Randal Schoenberg, grandson of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, was a corporate lawyer with a wife and baby who quit his job to take the case against the Austrian government that no one thought he could win.
Hubertus Czernin was an Austrian investigative journalist, the son of a Nazi driven to atone for the sins of his father by allying himself in the fight for truth.
Because ultimately, the story is not one about a painting, about Nazism, or even about the victory of three little people in their David-and-Goliath battle against governments and the corruption of power.
Ultimately, it is a story about intolerance for injustice, about the heeding the inner voice that calls us to take a stand against evil no matter what the cost, no matter how long the odds.
Because when we fight for justice, we always win — even if we lose.