A True Hero! – Irena Sendler – February 09, 2009
You might expect the face of Ms. Irena Sendler to be hardened and sad, a result of the hardship, imprisonments, torture and persecution she suffered in her lifetime. But not so. This face is soft, gentle and sweet. Love permeates her expression, something that can’t be faked. It flows outward from the depths of her heart.
Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler to read the life and heroic deeds of Ms. Irena Sendler (Sendlerowa, Polish name). (If you don’t, you won’t understand the profound stupidity of the Noble Prize Committee.)
Ms. Sendler was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize in 2007.
She was born in Poland on February 15, 1910 and became a Catholic social worker. During World War II she created over 3,000 false documents to help Jews in German-occupied Poland. The penalty for aiding Jews in Poland at that time was death.
Being the daughter of a doctor who lost his life to typhoid which he contracted treating Jewish typhoid patients, she gained special permission to enter the Warsaw Ghetto to check for typhoid which the Nazi’s feared. She wore the Star of David so that Jews would recognize her as a friend who was working to help them.
Ms. Sendler organized the smuggling of Jewish children from the Ghetto, sneaking them out in boxes, suitcases and trolleys. During a typhoid outbreak, she was able to visit the Ghetto to inspect the sanitary conditions and smuggled babies and small children out in her tool boxes, ambulances and trams, sometimes disguising them as packages. Once they were safely out, they were placed with Polish families, the Warsaw orphanage of the Sisters of the Family of Mary, or Roman Catholic convents. Some were smuggled to priests in parish rectories. She hid lists of their names in jars to keep track of their identities.
Irena Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943, severely tortured and sentenced to death. Zegota, a resistance organization she had been a member of and worked tirelessly for, bribed officials and gained her release. German officials taking her to the woods to be executed left her there unconscious and with broken arms and legs. Her name appeared on public bulletin boards among the list of those executed.
She lived out the remainder of the war in hiding, but never ceased to help Jewish children in any way she could. After the war, she dug up the jars and began her work returning the children to their parents, if possible. Unfortunately, most of the parents had been slaughtered in extermination camps or were just plain “missing”
After the war, she was persecuted by the communist state of Poland for being related to the “capitalist and bourgeois” Polish government in exile and for her work with resistance groups. She was imprisoned, miscarried her second child and her children were not allowed to study in Polish universities.
Ms. Sendler has been recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the “Righteous Among the Nations”, confirmed by the Israeli Supreme Court in 1983. She’s received many awards such as the Commanders Cross by the Israeli Institute. Pope John Paul II sent her a personal letter, praising her for her courageous deeds during the war. Poland has since awarded her their highest civilian decoration, the Order of the White Eagle. She’s also been awarded the Jan Karski Award “For Courage and Heart” by the American Center of Polish Culture in Washington, D.C.
On March 14, 2007, Ms. Sendler was honored by Poland’s senate, but was unable to attend, being 97 years old and living in a nursing home, but she sent a statement through Elzbieta Ficowska, a woman who Ms. Sendler had saved as an infant. Polish President Lech Kaczynski stated publicly that she can justly be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, even though nominations are supposed to remain secret.
Being born one day after Valentine’s Day, and while people were still thinking of the value of love and heart, Ms. Sendler embodied the very essence of a pure heart and genuine love. She died one day after Mother’s Day, on May 12, 2008. She was the truest example of a mother’s selfless love and sacrifice, saving Jewish children from the German’s holocaust. In her letter to the Polish parliament, she wrote,
“Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.”
Ms. Sendler didn’t seek glory, fame or riches. She didn’t pursue recognition for her work. Thankfully, many people and governments desired to honor her and give thanks to her, which she richly deserved. But there is one notable exception. The profoundly ignorant Nobel Peace Prize committee, who were aware of Ms. Sendler and her courageous and daring deeds during war and post-war times under the brutal Nazi regime. They decided not to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Ms. Sendler at the age of 96. Who did they give it to and for what?
They gave it to Al Gore for his amateur and fatally flawed film, “An Inconvenient Truth”!
Ms. Sendler, a true hero of our time, died the next year on May 12, 2008.
Al Gore is still running around the world peddling his money-making myth and leaving a carbon footprint the size of Alaska.
GOD SAVE US!
Remember Irena Sendler on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day (and forget Al Gore.)