Rest in Peace, oh Righteous One

From today’s news:

Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved thousands of Jewish children during World War Two by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, died in the Polish capital on Monday after a long illness, local media said.


Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said: “Irena Sendler’s courageous activities rescuing Jews during the Holocaust serve as a beacon of light to the world, inspiring hope and restoring faith in the innate goodness of mankind.”

Using her position as a social worker, Sendler regularly entered the ghetto, smuggling around 2,500 children out in boxes, suitcases or hidden in trolleys.

The children were then placed with Polish families outside the ghetto, created by Nazi Germany in 1940 for the city’s half a million strong Jewish population, and given new identities.

But in 1943 Sendler, who led the children’ section of the Zegota organization which helped Jews during the war, was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo.

She only escaped execution when Zegota managed to bribe some Nazi officials, who left her unconscious but alive with broken legs and arms in the woods.

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  • Mike Devx

    I’ll have to dig up the details of how she survived German torture so that she ended up surviving – and thriving! What a wonderful picture of her on Wikipedia!

    Wikipedia also states:
    Sendler was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, but lost out to Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.

    This REALLY irritates me. Gore and his cute little faux global warming movement, with its fake science, bad weather modeling, and scaremongering… beats out a genuine human heroine.

  • Bookworm

    I’m with you on that last point, Mike. It just shows that the Nobel Peace Prize is a bit of Leftist political posturing that has nothing to do with rewarding fundamental human decency, heroism, or true advances towards peace. Viewing the list of many winners in the last 30 years is just stomach churning.

  • Gringo

    In My Hands , by Irene Gut Opdyke , tells the story of a young Polish nursing student who helped save the lives of Polish Jews during World War 2. She later immigrated to the US.

    Re the Poles et al, I am brainwashed by having grown up in a town filled with Central/Eastern immigrants and their descendants. The locally made Kielbasa put all supermarket versions to shame.

  • bringthehope

    It’s interesting to note that much of the world would have never heard about Irena Sendler’s heroic acts if it wasn’t for a few high school students from rural Kansas. These kids started the Irena Sendler Project a few years back and they continue to put on presentations called Life In a Jar to celebrate Sendler’s contributions.