Things you may not know about Irena Sendlerowa
Irena Sendlerowa in brief
Irena Sendlerowa was an extraordinarily brave woman who helped rescue over 2,500 Jewish children, many from the Warsaw Ghetto, during the Holocaust of World War 2.
From the outbreak of the war, Irena risked her life by giving food and shelter to Jewish people. At the time of the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto, she was working for the city's health and care department as a nurse and social worker. Irena organised and directed a children's rescue group amongst her colleagues, to smuggle Jewish children from the Ghetto.
The task was momentous. Behind the high walls enclosing the Ghetto, the people were packed together in appalling conditions. They smuggled out the children in many ingenious ways (in tool boxes, in coffins, through churches and cellars) and arranged for them to be taken to emergency safe houses.
Eventually Irena was arrested and interrogated. During her interrogation, they broke her legs and feet but she refused to reveal any names. On the way to her execution she escaped, with the help of friends, and went into hiding. After the war she returned to an ordinary life. She wanted no acclaim: "I continue", she said, "to have pangs of conscience that I did so little."
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