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Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Memoriam - 63 Years Later

The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving....

Irena Sendler

There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an 'ulterior motive' ...
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.)
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.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.



Let us never forget!

36 comments:

Terrebel said...

That's one amazing story! Yes, let us not forget the TRUE heroes in our world. I will soon write about this amazing woman on my Duch blog. Thank you, Sylvia.

Terrence

Bellybytes said...

I've heard this story before. Life has so many unsung heros - perhaps they are paying some karmic debt

Shey said...

This is such a touching story. The human spirit & kindness at its strongest. She will be remembered.

SandyCarlson said...

That's quite a story. What a brave woman. God bless her. Thanks for sharing this.

Pam said...

It is a wonderful story to tell, Sylvia, so we remember and never forget what people went through.

Linda Reeder said...

I have hearof this woman before. What a courageous woman, a true humanitarian. But then your last line made me say "ouch!" Al or Irene - not even in the same league.

Pietro said...

Thanks for sharing this moving story, Sylvia. We must never forget the horror of the Holocaust.

Ebie said...

What a heroic story. We will always remember those that did sacrifice for mankind.

Great story Ms Sylvia.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I have to admit that I was skeptical of the post so I checked snopes.com. They reported that the story is TRUE!!! See http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp

Sorry I doubted the story Sylvia. It is quite inspiring.

gigihawaii said...

This is a touching story and so true. Reminds me of the movie, SCHINDLER'S LIST. There were some Germans, at least, who thought the extermination of the Jews was wrong.

Ann said...

You go gal, Irena, This is such an incredible true story.

jabblog said...

What an amazing and humbling story. She should be remembered and honoured.

Spiderdama said...

Very touching story and post..God bless this people.
Have a great day Sylvia:-)

Alyssa Ast said...

Wow, what a great woman! Thank you so much for sharing.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

It is a wonder this story has not been published. I do hope Terrabel above has more than a blog to offer, say, a book! I am addicted when such stories about individual WW11 heroines are discovered, and to know what happened to those who were saved.

clairz said...

The amazing photo says it all!

lotusleaf said...

What a brave woman! The photo is very touching.

Rob Inukshuk said...

She was a caring woman who did the right thing, despite great risk and she suffered when she was caught. She didn't do it for glory, but simply because it was the right thing to do. Not many did and I wonder how many of us would take such risks to do what is right?

A film was made about her story and it is worth seeing. An amazing woman indeed and worthy of our admiration.

Anita said...

Thank you SO much for that incredible story!! As a child I was so moved by the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her efforts to help Jews in Nazi Germany, that I wanted my children to know exactly what happened. I fear that we do no learn from our mistakes, however, and history just repeats.

michael said...

That's an inspiring story, Sylvia. Just what I needed to read this morning.

Halcyon said...

It's hard to believe such acts of cruelty were possible. Thanks for sharing this story. Even one person saved is something and 2500 children is really something!

Halcyon said...

PS: I knew her name sounded familiar. I read her obit in The Economost some time ago. What a lady!

http://www.economist.com/search/search.cfm?rv=2&qr=irena+sendler

Suz said...

Oh Irena if you can hear me now...THANK YOU
THANK YOU....
Politics trumps honor bravery courage and love always..but to such a dunce
Her reward was facing God
and he knew that she cared for
the least of these
which was Him
thank you for this wonderful story of Irena

Thom said...

Indeed we should never forget. Thanks for sharing :)

Naturedigital said...

Thank you Sylvia for the great story of Irene.
A shame Al Gor got the Nobel prize.
He did not deserve it.
Costas

EcoRover said...

Beautiful story. So many deserving people, so few prizes. And what a great lesson in how a civilized nation can slip into barbaric cruelty toward those who do not conform with dominant values.

Splendid Little Stars said...

speechless. Thanks for sharing. I will pass this lin on to others.

Carolyn Ford said...

My heart just fell...I, too, am speechless.

Arija said...

Yes, such is the way of the world, the most deserving so often are the last to be recognised.

Susan at Stony River said...

Oh Irena - what a hero and a what a story! What heartbreak and hope together, for those poor parents and kids...
RIP.

Nessa said...

An amazing story.

And I have no respect for the Noble Prize after the last few incomprehensible ones they've given out.

George said...

What an inspirational story of courage and love for others. If anyone was deserving of that prize it was Irena.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

Louis la Vache said...
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Louis la Vache said...

Irena Sendler's was an amazing story - unthinkable bravery in light of the cruelty of the Nazis to anyone who opposed them.

Hitler's was a cult of death. For a frightening look at just how much Hitler's regime was a death cult, read Antony Beevor's Berlin - The Downfall, 1945. Hitler cared not a whit about how many of even his own loyalists died.

The Nobel Committee forever disgraced itself by awarding the prize to Albert, the Prince of Dorkness, the Gorecal of Doom, for his aid in prepetrating the "Global Warming" hoax - as it has indeed now been proven to be - and not giving the award to Irena Sendler.

kRiZ cPEc said...

Lest us forget.

Sérgio Pontes said...

She was a true hero =)

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