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November 14, 2010

Life in a Jar

I recently received an email chain from my Grandfather concerning a woman named Irena Sendler who died in May of 2008. She was a Polish Catholic woman who saved more than 2500 children from the Nazi death camps during WWII. In fact, Irena went door to door and talked women into giving up their infants because she knew the impending doom that awaited them. She is known as the Polish Oskar Schindler. The email is true and Irena's story can be found on the website Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project. The jar will become clear after reading the email that has been circulating since June 2008.

There recently 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 specialist. 
She had an 'ulterior motive'. 
She knew what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German). 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. 
In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.
Al Gore won --- for a slide show on Global Warming.

 In all fairness, the names of NPP nominees are kept secret for 50 years. However, there must have been some buzz about her nomination becuase the International Federation of Social Workers issued a statement after the award was given to Algore. 




 

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