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Life in a Jar -- Irena Sendler

It's time for another look at the email inbox, this time I found one of those emails that sounded to good to be real.  This had to be a made up story, just to get get people to forward it.  Turns out that reality was actually better (worse?) than the email.

I will not go into details, but I will encourage you to follow the links below and read more about this remarkable woman from the old world and the remarkable young women from the new world that gave a story life.

Here is the email, I have inserted dates/corrections in parenthesis to correct the context of the email:

Irena Sendler


There recently (May, 2008) 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 (actually she worked for the health department) specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being Polish.) 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 back yard. 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 (2007) Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected.

 

Essentially, the email is accurate, there may be some embellishments, but they are insignificant.

The one thing that this email leaves out, is that Irena's story was virtually unknown, until 1999, when a history teacher in rural Kansas (who had seen a small mention in a 1994 article about Schindler) suggested that 4 girls research Irena for the Kansas State National History Day competition.  The girls wrote and performed a play about Irena (in the US and Poland), they have collected thousands of pages of research that is being used by Universities around the world and there is a recent movie based on Irena.

Irena's Children

Irena Sendler on Wikipedia

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

 

 

 

 

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