“He who changes one person, changes the world entire”.
I came to know about this beautiful lady with tremendous courage and love while searching for material on World War II. She is gone but her legacy lives on and she will be remembered by the world for the courage and love regardless of caste, creed or religion.
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.
However, she got caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.
She buried some of the names of the children in jars, along with the help of a friend, to reconnect the children to their Jewish families after the war. The jars were buried under an apple tree, in the friend’s back yard.
Forty-five years of communism had buried her story, even in her own country.
She died at the age of 98 in Poland last year.
Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize….
Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming
Please visit the site for more on Irena’s life
Irena’s story touched me deeper somewhere and I wanted to share it with all my friends. Do visit the site and discover how a woman in the midst of world war II achieved this extraordinary feat.
This is my tribute to her. May her soul rest in peace.
Also watch the movie The courageous heart of Irena Sendler.
(Irena’s photograph and movie poster are courtesy Google image search)