I had planned to republish this in May, but other events precluded that plan. However, because I truly believe ANY day of the year is a great day to remember our often unsung heroes, I am sharing it today. Read on:
May 13, 2008
The World Loses Another HERO
Irena Sendler dies in Poland, a true hero
If you have never heard of Irena Sendler, you are not alone. Up until I saw that she had died this past few days I, also, had never heard of her. But make no mistake; she IS a hero. She is credited with saving over 2,500 Jewish children from certain death during the dark days of the Nazi regime.
"... Irena Sendler. An unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable woman defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. As a health worker, she sneaked the children out between 1942 and 1943 to safe hiding places and found non-Jewish families to adopt them....
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...
"`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."...
Go to NewsBlaze here and spend some time getting to know Irena.
May we NEVER forget.