There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII,
Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer
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 the tool box she
carried and she 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 of doing this, she
managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. 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
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and
reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster
family homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize … She was not
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
Powerful message, especially the “cartoon.” Let us never forget! 63 years later
What an amazing woman, it’s very heartwarming to hear this kind of story, 2500 children saved because of this wonderful woman, so sad that many of them never saw their families again but at least they were saved from the same thing happening to them. RIP Irena
It is also a disgrace that Al Gore won the nobel peace prize over someone like this just because he put some clap trap slide show together about climate change!!
In May 2009, Irena Sendler was posthumously granted the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. Now that’s probably better than the Nobel thing.
But you are right to bring this back to our attention. It’s a remarkable story and hopefully we can all be inspired by it. Plus it is a reminder that things that **** us off nowadays are simply minor inconveniences compared to the horrors that millions faced back then - which continue to happen around the world - as we moan about things like our computers being a bit slow.
I don’t think the Nobel Peace prize is any more relevant to what she did than it is to what Al Gore did. I don’t see how her actions had any effect at all on world peace.
Also, she wasn’t the only one to smuggle persecuted kids out of nazi occupation (or anyone else’s, it’s hardly as if that’s the only mass genocide we’ve ever had), should all people like that be put forward for the nobel peace prize?
Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to have an award that actually serves to recognise this kind of contribution, rather than trying to make an already established one fit?
It’s not really having “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses” as the award is designed to recognise.
In fact, it’s got almost nothing to with peace as an antonym to war, and everything to do with humanitarian causes, and so she would be deserving of a humanitarian award. Like the Righteous Among The Nations which was designed specifically to reward what she did.
Would bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize upon all who made contributions as she did no cheapen it a little? It would probably treble the recipients.
Ok, maybe I have misunderstood what the nobel peace price is all about, just thought that this woman sounded more deserving than Al Gore, my bad. Anyway, after reading the article on wikipedia it seems she did get many awards in her lifetime including the Righteous among the Nations award that you have mentioned so at least she was recognised for the amazing thing she done. I have heard of many other similar stories about people doing stuff like this, doesn’t mean they should not be recognised for it, takes a lot courage to be able to do something like this knowing that if you are caught you could very well lose your life.
Brings a lump to your throat. . .Marek Edelman was another hero of the Warsaw ghetto who died recently too - he commanded Jewish resistance fighters who bravely fought the Nazis - in spite of being surrounded, poorly armed and subjected to constant artillery bombardment and assaults by well armed Nazi troops - they managed to hold off the Nazis for a number of days - at the end of the batttle the ghetto was reduced to piles of rubble.
“We knew perfectly well that we had no chance of winning. We fought simply not to allow the Germans alone to pick the time and place of our deaths. We knew we were going to die. Just like all the others who were sent to Treblinka… Their death was far more heroic. We didn’t know when we would take a bullet. They had to deal with certain death, stripped naked in a gas chamber or standing at the edge of a mass grave waiting for a bullet in the back of the head… It was easier to die fighting than in a gas chamber.”
Quote from Marek Edelman.
Edelman survived the war and worked as a cardiologist. He was a brave fighter, a humanitarian and an internationalist. He is an example to us all.