RIP Irena Sendler

July 29, 2009 at 11:42 am (Family & Friends, Life & Death)

My dear friend, Julie, sent me this:

 Irena Sendler – who recently died at 98 years of age, was a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee


    During WWII, Irena was given permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a plumbing/sewer specialist.  She had an ulterior motive.  Being German, Irena knew what the Nazi plan was for Jews.  

    Irena smuggled out infants in the bottom of a tool box she carried in the back of her truck.  She used a burlap sack for bigger children. 

    She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.  The soldiers wanted nothing to do with her dog.  The barking covered noises of the infants and children.

    Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 infants and children, before she was caught!  The Nazi’s broke both her legs and arms, and beat her severely.  

     Irena kept a record in a jar buried under a tree in her back yard of all the children she smuggled out of the ghetto.  

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