During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
Working as a plumber was not her incentive. Irena’s true purpose was to smuggle Jewish infants to safety. She placed them in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. Irena kept a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers did not get too close to the dog and the barking covered any noises the children made.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. Eventually she was caught and the Nazi’s broke both of her legs and arms and beat her severely.
Irena was thoughtful enough to keep a record of the names of all the kids she had smuggled out. She kept their names in a glass jar that ws buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived to reunite the family. Most had been gassed. Those who could not be reunited were 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.
It is now more than 65 years since the Second World War in Europe ended.
This post is in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!
Now, with Iran, and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’, I think it is important to make sure the world never forgets.
It is posted here with the hope that every person who passes this way will read it, and send the link to someone you know.
Life in a jar is a web-site commemorates the work done by Ms Sendler.