This info came today in an email I have received several times in the last few years, but it is such a wonderful testimony of what one person can do, that I wanted to post it here on my blog as a memorial to this courageous woman.
Irena Sendler died May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland.
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer
Specialist. She had an ulterior motive. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck for larger kids. Irena kept 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. Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi's broke both of her legs and arms, and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes, or adopted.
In 2007, Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming. Later another politician, Barack Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
It is now more than 70 years since the Second World War in Europe ended. I am posting this as a memorial to the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated during that period.
Now, Iran, and others, claim the HOLOCAUST to be a 'myth'. It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.