Irena Sendler  
Died 12 May 2008 – aged 98

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw> , Poland <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland>

Irena Sandler

I received an email today,  about Irena Sendler,  I can not lie, I had never heard of her. But after reading the email & checking out her history, I wanted to fulfil the wishes of the original author of the email  & post it to as many people as I could; of course posting on here is an excellent way of reminding others what she stood for & what she did.

Irena Sendler was born in 1910 in Otwock, a town some 15 miles southeast of Warsaw. She was greatly influenced by her father who was one of the first Polish Socialists. As a doctor his patients were mostly poor Jews

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and the brutality of the Nazis accelerated with murder, violence and terror. Irena and her helpers created over 3,000 false documents to help Jewish families, prior to joining the organized Żegota resistance and the children’s division. Helping Jews was very risky—in German-occupied Poland, all household members risked death if they were found to be hiding Jews, a more severe punishment than in other occupied European countries.

As an employee of the Social Welfare Department, she had a special permit to enter the Warsaw Ghetto to check for signs of typhus, something the Nazis feared would spread beyond the Ghetto. During these visits, she wore a Star of David as a sign of solidarity with the Jewish people and so as not to call attention to herself.

She cooperated with others in Warsaw’s Municipal Social Services department, and the RGO (Central Welfare Council), a Polish relief organization that was tolerated under German supervision. She and her co-workers organized the smuggling of Jewish children out of the Ghetto. Under the pretext of conducting inspections of sanitary conditions during a typhus outbreak, Sendler and her co-workers visited the Ghetto and smuggled out babies and small children in ambulances and trams, sometimes disguising them as packages. She also used the old courthouse at the edge of the Warsaw Ghetto (still standing) as one of the main routes for smuggling out children.

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.

She was caught, and the Nazi’s 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 reunited the family.  Most 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.  

President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN  and Al Gore won also — for a slide show on Global Warming….yeah go figure!!

In MEMORIAM – 63 YEARS LATER

I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message.   I hope you’ll consider doing the same. It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.  This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved
and humiliated!

Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’.   It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.  This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!   Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world.

Please copy & paste this to send as an-email OR re-blog it to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain.