Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Journey of Irena Sendler, Holocaust Survivor & Heroine (VIDEO)

This is a flashback of a beautiful and touching story from 2007. You see, this is about a lovely woman named Irena Sendler. Glenn Beck discovered her story, and found her worthy of a special recognition on his show at that time.

Here's a bit about Holocaust survivor, Irena and her poignant tale:

To be able to enter the Warsaw Ghetto legally, Irena managed to be issued a pass from Warsaw's Epidemic Control Department and she visited the Ghetto daily, reestablished contacts and brought food, medicines and clothing. But 5,000 people were dying a month from starvation and disease in the Ghetto, and she decided to help the Jewish children to get out. For Irena Sendler, a young mother herself, persuading parents to part with their children was in itself a horrendous task. Finding families willing to shelter the children, and thereby willing to risk their life if the Nazis ever found out, was also not easy.

Irena Sendler, who wore a star armband as a sign of her solidarity to Jews, began smuggling children out in an ambulance. She recruited at least one person from each of the ten centers of the Social Welfare Department. With their help, she issued hundreds of false documents with forged signatures. Irena Sendler successfully smuggled almost 2,500 Jewish children to safety and gave them temporary new identities.

Some children were taken out in gunnysacks or body bags. Some were buried inside loads of goods. A mechanic took a baby out in his toolbox. Some kids were carried out in potato sacks, others were placed in coffins, some entered a church in the Ghetto which had two entrances. One entrance opened into the Ghetto, the other opened into the Aryan side of Warsaw. They entered the church as Jews and exited as Christians. "`Can you guarantee they will live?'" Irena later recalled the distraught parents asking. But she could only guarantee they would die if they stayed. "In my dreams," she said, "I still hear the cries when they left their parents."

Irena Sendler accomplished her incredible deeds with the active assistance of the church. "I sent most of the children to religious establishments," she recalled. "I knew I could count on the Sisters." Irena also had a remarkable record of cooperation when placing the youngsters: "No one ever refused to take a child from me," she said. The children were given false identities and placed in homes, orphanages and convents. Irena Sendler carefully noted, in coded form, the childrens original names and their new identities. She kept the only record of their true identities in jars buried beneath an apple tree in a neighbor's back yard, across the street from German barracks, hoping she could someday dig up the jars, locate the children and inform them of their past.

In all, the jars contained the names of 2,500 children ...

Some of you may have seen this before, but I haven't. And if you haven't either, you should.

All I can say is shame on you, Al Gore... you should have apologized and removed yourself from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize consideration, in honor of this true angel. She died the following year, and she deserved this award much more than did you and your sham pseudo-scientific fraud of man-made climate change. You think you are changing lives? Only yours, chump. Irene changed thousands of lives, and in a much more meaningful way.

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