Thursday, April 02, 2009

Irene Sendler: A Polish Woman

Today, the anniversary of JP the Great's death, is a good day for me to post about another brave and devout Pole.

Irene Sendler is little-known outside of Poland. She was a social worker and nurse throughout World War 2. Seems she helped almost 2500 (!) Jewish children hide from the Nazis and escape from the Nazi-held Warsaw ghetto. For her good works, the Nazis arrested her in October of 1943, breaking her feet and legs. Sentenced to die, friends bribed the Gestapo guards and she escaped, only to be hunted by the Nazis for the rest of the War.

You can read more about this remarkable Pole at Giles Cote's Catholic Faith Education blog.

This "saviour of children" died in 2008, at the age of 98. A movie titled The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler is currently in production.

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