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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Runner up for the Nobel Prize


Irena Sendlerowa 1910-2008
May 12 marked the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena.During WWII, Irena received permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist.She had an ulterior motive...Being German, she knew the Nazis' plans for the Jews and smuggled infants out in the bottom of the large tool box she carried. Larger children were placed in burlap sacks in the back of her truck. Also in the back was a dog that she had trained to bark each time the Nazi guards allowed her out of the ghetto and back in.The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and its barking covered any noise made by the infants and small children. Irena managed to smuggle out approximately 2,500 children before she was finally caught. When she was captured, the Nazis beat her severely, breaking both her arms and her legs.Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out of that Warsaw ghetto and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her back yard.After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived so she might reunite the child with its family. Most, of course, did not survive the Holocaust, and the vast majority of the surviving children were placed in foster homes or adopted.Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but she lost to Al Gore, who won the award for presenting a slide show on Global Warming.

10 comments:

Lady Di Tn said...

This is very enlighten. I think our native Al should hand over his prize. Maybe the panel who judges need a reality check. Peace

Granny Annie said...

I had never heard of this woman. What a valiant lady! She was blessed not to be lumped in a category with the Al Gores of this world.

z-silverlight said...

sometimes------------------

JeanMac said...

Kind of a "no contest situation", I would think.

Ex-Shammickite said...

WOW I've not heard this story before. A valiant lady indeed. But, you know, she was doing what was RIGHT. Sometimes when faced with so much that is evil and wrong, you have to do what you belive is RIGHT and that is what she did.
Brave lady.

lotusgreen said...

great story -- makes me think there were probably many heros whose names we will never know

Sherrie said...

Al Gore should have stepped down. What an AS@$%!

Joe said...

Unlike Al Gore, She never made a profit from what she did.

Donna Langlois said...

A wonderful book called "Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project" was written by Dr Jack Mayer.

Donna Langlois said...

Dr Jack Mayer wrote "Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project." A wonderful book about Irena.