Thursday, May 30, 2013

Day 124, May 30

A dear friend sent me this email.  It was so compelling that I decided I needed to share it in this, the Patriot Pages.  I hope you find it as fascinating and inspiring as I did.

Irena Sendler

Died: May 12, 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the
Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of
the tool box she carried.
She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids.

Irena kept 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.

Ultimately, she was caught, however, and the Nazi's broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out, In a glass jar that she buried under a tree in  her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and tried to reunite the family.  Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster families or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.   She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.

So, why am I including a story on Irena, when she wasn't even an American?  The answer is simple.  Irena exemplified the American spirit, one of sacrifice, compassion, and the willingness to protect the innocent.

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