In a metaphor for our sad times, Barack Obama, relentless, unrestrained abortion agent, even by houses of religious orders, won a Nobel Peace Prize and on Monday accepted the “Profiles in Courage" award . The year of the Nobel this unrecognized woman with mountainous courage was also a candidate. She saved 2,500 children in Warsaw during the war refusing to give up her secret under torture.
Both teacher and students were convinced that it must have been a typo. How could one person save 2,500 children from the walled and heavily guarded Ghetto? They assumed that the article had meant to say 250.
“When you look at her,” Conrad told an interviewer, “you can’t imagine how she could walk past the **** guards, carrying a child in a gunny sack. How did she do it?”
Irena Sendler (Sendlerowa) was just 4′11″ tall, her lively, intelligent black eyes set in a round, smiling face. She was beautiful, and in taped interviews one can see a warm yet quietly determined individual. Still, her appearance more closely resembled a favorite doll than a fearless resistance leader. How did she find the courage to smuggle out living, breathing (and sometimes crying) Jewish children past vicious, heavily armed guards?
It was a question that came up early on in the students’ research, as they began to realize that there had been no typo in the original article—Irena had indeed saved 2,500 children. Yet the students never expected to be able to ask Irena that question. They assumed that Irena, who was born in 1910 and had endured torture at the hands of the Gestapo during the war, must have passed away. They wanted to know where she was buried. They were thrilled to discover that she was still alive!
Worth the read;