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Irena Sendler – A Real Hero

I’ve been fascinated by with Polish American history as long as I can remember, and have always been purely amazed at how courageous Poles have fought and struggled under the worse of conditions. I’ve read about their amazing engineering feats that help win the American Revolution, struggles of the Polish armed forces and underground during WWII, and the brave stand (and eventual overthrow) of communist rules via Solidarity.

I’m ashamed to admit that until recently, I had never heard of another true hero named Irena Sendler, who rescued 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto by an astounding amount of intelligence and guile.

She and her team smuggled the children out by variously hiding them in ambulances, taking them through the sewer pipes or other underground passageways, wheeling them out on a trolley in suitcases or boxes or taking them out through the old courtyard which led to the non-Jewish areas.

She also apparently even trained dogs (Source) to bark at German soldiers while trying to smuggle out babies.

After all this, she still had a tremendous humility and was quoted as saying:

“The term ‘hero’ irritates me greatly. The opposite is true. I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little.”

Guardian.com 3/15/2007

Refreshing to read about a real hero.

For a full recount, read her biography on Wikipedia

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September 20, 2013

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