Friday, May 16, 2008

Irena Sendler passed away on Monday May 12th, 2008 at 8:00 am CEST in Warsaw, Poland. She live most of her young life in Otwock, Poland. During World War II she was an activist in the Polish Underground and the Zegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She convinced the Nazi's they may, too, get sick if typhoid broke out amongst the Jews because of such bad conditions. So under the pretext of conducting inspections of sanitary conditions during a typhoid outbreak, Sendler visited the ghetto and smuggled out babies and small children in ambulances and trams, sometimes disguising them as packages, suitcases, boxes or in sacks. She placed them in safe homes all over Poland and kept records of each one in a jar she buried by an apple tree in her back yard.

When the Nazi's discovered what she had done they broke both of her legs and tortured her. She was set for her execution when she escaped (on broken legs mind you) and got to safety where she hid until the war was over. She went back to her house (that had been destroyed) and dug up that jar with all the children's information. They all received their family information and those who had parents who survived, were reunited with them.

One woman who led the rescue of 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust in World War II with no thought of her own life and safety. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Instead of this wonderful deserving woman receiving the Nobel Prize - Al Gore won it. I am so ashamed of those who applaud this!

Irena Sendlerowa was 98 years old.

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