Perhaps there really are Angels

23 04 2009

Irena Sendler Irena Sendler definitely qualifies in my mind.

Every so often I’ll receive an email where I’m just one of dozens of recipients, and often these emails, while forwarded with the best intentions are fit only for deletion.  Not so today.

The email I received today was about a remarkable woman, a woman who risked her own life to save the lives of thousands of others.

Initially I pandered to my inner cynic and mistrusted the information in the email, that’s not to say I wasn’t touched by the sentiment, I just didn’t necessarily believe it.  It didn’t take me more than a few moments of online research to validate the story, and decide that it truly was worth publishing to share with you all.

Read the story and decide for yourself.  Irena was contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, that year it went to Al Gore instead of her, while I don’t want to minimise the importance of Al Gore and his input for the environment, perhaps that year there should have been two awards…

The email:

Irena Sendler

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 of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. In 2009 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize … She was not selected.

* Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.


GOD BLESS HER May she rest in Peace.


Fox News Article:  Congratulations on Not Winning the Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday morning and I’d like to congratulate Irena Sendler.

Sendler was a former history teacher who rescued 2,500 children during the Holocaust and was a top contender for the wondrous prize. It was in the early 1940s that Sendler, a Catholic social worker, had gone into the Warsaw ghetto to rescue Jewish kids destined either to starve there or die in death camps.

She would sneak the kids past Nazi guards, sometimes hiding them in body bags or would provide them with false documents. She’d get them to Polish families for adoption or hide them in convents or orphanages. She made a list of the children’s real names, put them in a jar and buried them, so that some day she could dig them up, then find the kids to tell them their true names.

The Nazis captured her and beat the crap out of her, but she later escaped. She’s now in her late 90s, living in a nursing home in Poland.

I want to congratulate her, because she didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead it went to Al Gore, the guy who invented the Internet.