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May 12, 2008

"Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory” [krakatoa]

A true hero, Irene saved thousands of children from death. Today, she passed away at the age of 98.

Irene Sendler, known to many as the “female Schindler”, rescued children and babies imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, smuggling them out in bags, or through the sewers, and hiding them with friendly families around Warsaw.

Donning a Star of David armband used by the Nazis to mark out Jews, she passed incognito in the ghetto to organise the escape plans.

She was eventually arrested by the Gestapo, tortured and condemned to death.

She escaped, and lived another 65 years, last year receiving recognition from Poland for all she had done. The title to this post was from the letter she wrote acknowledging the honor.

A slideshow presentation is here.


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