Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Irena Sendler

A 97-year-old woman credited with saving Jewish children during the Holocaust is a hero who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, Poland's president said Wednesday during a ceremony to honour Irena Sendler.

Sendler, who lives in a nursing home in Warsaw, was too frail to attend the special session of the Polish Senate, which unanimously approved a resolution honouring her and the underground Council for Assisting Jews, known as Zegota. The group's members, mostly Roman Catholics, risked their lives during the operation in Nazi-occupied Poland, where concealing Jews was punishable by death...

Sendler was captured in 1943 and tortured by the Nazis at Warsaw's Pawiak prison, but didn't give any information to her captors...

In 1965, Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial awarded her one of its first medals for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, giving her the title "Righteous Among the Nations." She actually received the honour in 1983, after Poland's Communist authorities finally agreed to allow her to travel abroad. Source: CBC +++ + Holocaust Project: Irena Sendler
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Żegota saved some 75,000 Polish Jews and produced some 60,000 false identities and documents creating refuge for Jews among the Polish gentiles on the so called "Aryan" side of the German-occupied Poland (Source: Wiki)
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“Żegota is the story of extraordinary heroism amidst unique depravity – compelling in its human as well as historical dimensions. It is a particularly valuable addition to our understanding of the many facets of the Holocaust because Żegota as an organized effort was tantamount to ‘Schindler’s List’ multiplied a hundredfold.”Zbigniew Brzeziński

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