glyph 481: history, holocaust, wwii, Poland ... courage, devotion, loyalty ... the capabilities of human beings are endlessly astonishing, for bad and for good, in endless rivalry . this is a story of compassion and goodness


Irena Sendler - Rescuer of Children, a Hero of World War II

Repair the World (Tikkun Olam)

There recently [May 12, 2009] 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. —author unknown, taken from an email from rmstribling

"Life in a Jar", The Irena Sendlar Project:
Protestant kids from rural Kansas, discover a Polish Catholic woman, who saved Jewish children. Irena Sendler and students from Uniontown, Kansas have chosen to repair the world (Tikkun Olam). This web site shares the legacy and life of Irena Sendler, plus her 'discovery' for the world.

October 20, 2009

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