Thursday, April 26, 2012
Remember this hero
Her name was Irena Sendler and she alone was responsible for saving 2500 Jewish babies and children from the Nazis duing World War II. Cleverly placing herself in the position as a plumber's assistant, Irena carried infants out in the bottom of a tool box and sacks for larger kids. A trained dog barked at soldiers warning her to hide. When caught, she was severely beaten, arms and legs broken, but never her spirit. She kept a name of each child in a jar, buried under a tree and after the war, tried to locate the parents. in 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize but was second to Al Gore.
Irena died May 12, 2008 at age 98 and has probably received her 2500 crowns or more in her heavenly home. I received this information from a friend named Joe (who sends wonderful emails) as his part in memoriam for Irena and the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, Polish highly prized citizens (and other nationalities too numerous to mention) and 1900 Catholic priests, ministers and nuns who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated. Who can dare to say that the Holocaust is a 'myth'? I personally met a survivor, Gerda Klein, who was a parent of one of my students in my school years ago. She was real - so was the holocaust. What is more real is the God-given courage of many just like Irena who risk all for the love of their fellowman.