This came to me via one of those chain letter emails and it made me stop and think. Perhaps I am late in learning about this story but, even so, it cannot be re-told often enough.
Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker, rescued 2,500 children from the Nazi death camps.
In 2007 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Did she win? Of course not, some trivial nonsense about global warming was deemed to be more important and the ego of a failed politician was more deserving.
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
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she also 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 those records in a glass jar, buried under an apple 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.
In 2001 her story was discovered by students at Uniontown High School, Uniontown, Kansas.
The students travelled to Poland to meet Irene Sendler and asked about what she had done. ‘A hero is someone doing extraordinary things,’ she told them. ‘What I did was not extraordinary. It was a normal thing to do.’