Irena Sendler, born in Warsaw, Poland on the 15th of February, 1910, was seven years old when her father passed away. Before the man left the world, he taught a life lesson to his daughter – to always help the needy. Her life’s work was about to be forgotten by all, until recently. Irena’s father was among Poland’s most well-respected doctors. This led her to strike an interest in medicine, and she soon became a licensed nurse. She then began working with the Warsaw Social Welfare Department, near one of the worst areas for Jewish families during World War II – the Warsaw Ghetto.
Although Irena was a devout Catholic, she tried her best to help the Jewish people in times of need. She gave out food, clothing, and other necessary items to those who needed help. When she was working near the Warsaw Ghetto, she was introduced to an underground resistance organization called “Zegota.” This group tried to free Jews from the ghettos before they got taken to death camps. With the help of other members, Irena tried to sneak out Jewish children in every way imaginable. Despite her good intentions, some parents were hesitant to hand over their kids. However, thousands still allowed her to free their children to safety.
Irena rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Nazi and helped them escape the ruthless punishments. She was caught trying to sneak the children over the border into the free “Aryan land,” but she never gave up the name of the children she freed. Irena’s friend helped her escape the Nazi prison, but sadly, both her arms had been broken due to several interrogations with the Nazi commanding officers. She spent the rest of her years living under an assumed name and running from Nazi persecution. Even when she was in danger, she returned home to bring back something that would help the children she saved one more time! She kept a list of the name of every child she hid in metal cans in her neighbor’s yard. She dug up the cans and helped the kids to reunite with their families once the war was over. Many had passed due to the disease in the ghettos, but several were reunited thanks to her hard work.
Before passing away at the age of 98, she got the chance to meet with the families she helped during her years with Zegota. Her brave work deserves all our appreciation and let’s not forget how big an inspiration she is to the entire world!
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