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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Here is a short video tribute to Irena Sendler. A Catholic Polish woman who was instrumental in saving 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. She was a health worker specializing in tuberculosis; this specialty gave her incredible freedoms in accessing all people. She smuggled children out of the Ghetto in any way possible, in sacks, coffins, under lumber, behind a long coat and through the sewer tunnels. She wrote each child's name and related family history on a piece of paper and kept them all in a jar. The jar was buried under an apple tree in her back yard shortly before she was captured. The children were placed with Catholic families in Poland and had to (for the time) outwardly adopt Christian rituals.
She was captured and tortured but managed to escape. When the war was over she dug up her jar of over 2,500 names and began to reunite the children with remaining relatives that could be located.

For more information please go to Irena Sendler

The following YouTube video summarizes her life. She was born February 15, 1900 and died May 12, 2008.

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