Wholehearted Living Thursdays~September 8

For awhile, Thursdays will provide a Because of Grace Wholehearted Living Stories

Irena Sendler 1910-2008

During World War II, Irena Sendler worked in the Warsaw, Poland 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. Last year Irena was
up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected. Al Gore won – for a slide show on Global Warming.

Via Sherilee Coffey at http://pinterest.com/sherilee_coffey/

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4 Responses

  1. What an incredible story!! What a sad commentary…

  2. What an amazing woman. Her story is remarkable and a testament to someone truly standing for what is right even when it is hard and unpopular. That is hard. Thanks for sharing her story.

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