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Inspiration: Irena Sendler

By spotogspindel | August 22, 2011

Irena Sendler 1910-2008

A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. 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 wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids’ and infants’ noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis 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 backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement into foster family homes or adopted.

Topics: Diverse, inspiration | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Inspiration: Irena Sendler”

  1. bjorgnin Says:
    August 22nd, 2011 at 22:04


    Ville bare høre fra meg. Gått en stund siden sist.
    Ser du har mye spennende på gang. Lykke til ;:OD)

  2. Lindsay Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 00:28

    WOW! What a fantastic story!

  3. gail Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 03:26

    What a beautiful face, and clearly a wonderful spirit.

  4. Elsina Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 09:01

    I think she was Polish by birth, truly a wonderful , brave and Righteous person! zikhronah livrakha, may her memory be for blessing!

    Her page at Yad vashem

  5. Tammy McGee Says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 23:11

    wow! what an amazing brave wondeful woman. it is so incredible what even one person can do if they have love! 2500 children is no small thing! thanks for sharing this Janne :o) Hope you are having a spectacular day!

  6. spotogspindel Says:
    August 25th, 2011 at 09:42

    Irina was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She really was an amazing woman.

  7. collette Says:
    September 3rd, 2011 at 00:41

    amazing story, what an Incredibly brave woman…. Thank god or people like her….