Thursday, November 5, 2009

Topic of Interest: Irena Sendler

I received this in a forwarded email and I couldnt help but be moved the courage this woman showed under such circumstances. Whilst the email came from a reliable source, I myself had to sure that I wasn't passing on some false claims and to my relief not only did this real life 20th Century heroene acutally exist, she really did save all those children!

The Following is the part of the contents that I received in my email:



The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving

Irena
Sendler

There
recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During
WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the
Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive'
... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being
German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool
box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a
burlap sack, (for larger kids..) She also had a dog in the
back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her
in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted
nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the
kids/infants noises.. During her time of doing this, she
managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was
caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her
severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she
smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree
in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any
parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.
Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into
foster family homes or
adopted.

Last
year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ..... She was not
selected.

More info can be read about here here. There is also a book out about her titled: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story and adapted for a Hallmark Movie called The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler starring Anna Paquin.

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