On May 12, 2008, Irena Sendler died in Warsaw, Poland, at the age of 98.[Vetted by Snopes.com, which vouches for the authenticity of this account, referring readers to www.irenasendler.org]
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an ulterior motive...
She KNEW, because of her knowledge of German, what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews.
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she also 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 and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs and 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, of course, had been gassed.
Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize....
Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming.
- Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project
- In the Names of their Mothers: The Story of Irena Sendler (a documentary film)
- Irena's Story (Headline News, YouTube)
- Miss Irena's Children, a new film by Hallmark Hall of Fame and Gillham Road Productions Inc., is scheduled to premiere in May 2009 on CVS. Shooting for the film, starring Academy Award winner Anna Paquin and Goran Visnjic, began last November in Latvia and Toronto.
- "Irena Sendler 1910-2008: "Righteous Among the Nations" (Against the Grain, May 13, 2008) -- Sendler was Catholic and created a network of rescuers in Poland who smuggled approx. 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto.