Tuesday, March 31, 2009

In my Inbox today... the amazing story of Irena Sendler

The email that arrived in my inbox today was titled with the subject "Amazing Story... must read!"

With a cynical sigh (as we do)... I read on.

"The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving..." the email went on, "it goes to those who want to push the agenda."

Intrigued... I read on... to find this really IS an amazing story!

This is the story of a lady called Irena Sendler. The email said:

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 [sic - in fact she was Polish]).

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.

Eventually of course, she was caught and the Nazis 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 reunite the family. Most, of course, 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... as Al Gore won... for a slide show on Global Warming!

LET'S SEND THIS ONE AROUND THE WORLD!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS HER... May she rest in Peace.

Irena Sendler on Wikipedia

Irena Sendler
(in Polish also: Irena Sendlerowa; de domo Krzyżanowska; February 15, 1910 – May 12, 2008) was a Polish Catholic social worker.

During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota resistance organization in Warsaw.

Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, providing false documents and sheltering them in individual or group children's homes outside the ghetto.

Her story was brought to light when students from Kansas found her story in a magazine and popularized it in a play, titled 'Life in a Jar'.

Life in a Jar

In 1999, Megan Stewart and her friends were inspired, by their high school history teacher Norman Conard in southeast Kansas, to investigate a small clipping on the life of an unsung hero, Irena Sendler.

When the students began their research, they found one website which mentioned her. Based on their findings, the students created a play, Life in a Jar (after her hiding place for documents).

After ten years, their play and the subsequent media attention had made her world famous. Read more...

Nobel nominee

In 2007, considerable publicity accompanied Sendler's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

While failed nominees for the award are not officially announced by the Nobel organization for 50 years, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo reported in 2007 that Irena Sendler's nominator made public the nomination. Regardless of its legitimacy, talk of this nomination focused the spotlight on Sendler and her wartime contribution.

The 2007 award was presented to Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Read more...

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