Movie: Irena Sendler

A fascinating movie about the true story of an amazing person.

Irena Sendler ,15 February 1910 – 12 May 2008, was a Polish Catholic social worker who served in the Polish Underground and the Żegota resistance organization in German-occupied Warsaw during World War II. Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, thereby saving those children from being killed in the Holocaust.

The Nazis eventually discovered her activities, tortured her, and sentenced her to death; but she managed to evade execution and survive the war. Late in life she was awarded Poland’s highest honor for her wartime humanitarian efforts and also was nominated for (but did not win) the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. She appears on a silver 2009 Polish commemorative coin honoring some of the Holocaust-resisters of Poland.

Published: April 16, 2012
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