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Subj:.....Irena Sendler - Holocaust Heroine
          From: darrellvip on 10/25/2008 (S616)

Source: http://www.holocaustforgotten.com/sendler.htm
Source2: http://richards-creations.net/Pages
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Source3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irena_Sendler
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Irena Sendler (in Polish also: Irena Sendlerowa) was born February 15, 1910 and died May 12, 2008.  She was a Polish Catholic social worker during World War II.  Irena was a member of the Polish Underground and the Zegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw.  She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children's homes outside the ghetto.

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During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.  She had an ulterior motive.  She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German).
 
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box she carried, and she also carried in the back of her truck a Burlap sack, (for larger kids).  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, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.  During her time and course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

Photo from Richards-Creations.net

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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 back yard.  She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs and a rms and beat her
severely, but she never revealed the location or names
of the children.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it, and reunited the family.  Most, of course, had been gassed. Those kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.

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In the fall of 1999, a rural Kansas teacher encouraged four students to work on a year long National History Day project which would among other things; extend the boundaries of the classroom to families in the community, contribute to history learning, teach respect and tolerance, and meet our classroom motto, “He who changes one person, changes the world entire”.

The students discover a Catholic woman, Irena Sendlerowa, who saved Jewish children.  Few had heard of Irena in 1999.  Based on their findings, the students created a play, Life in a Jar (after her hiding place for documents).  After ten years, their play, media stories, and their www.irenasendler.org website have made her world famous. Today there are over 180,000 websites.

Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  She LOST.
Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming.

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This is a true story as verified by Snopes.com at
http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp

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