Irena Sendler - Saved thousands of kids' lives. I don't want this to downplay the importance of climate change and our need to be aware, but this woman was amazing and is just as deserving of recognition for her incredible act of kindness.

Irena Sendler - Saved thousands of kids' lives. I don't want this to downplay the importance of climate change and our need to be aware, but this woman was amazing and is just as deserving of recognition for her incredible act of kindness.

Irena Sendler (1910-2008). Rescued thousands of Jewish children during the Holocaust.

Irena Sendler (1910-2008). Rescued thousands of Jewish children during the Holocaust.

Irena Sendler - This lovely, courageous woman was one of the most dedicated and active workers in aiding Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Her courage enabled not only the survival of 2,500 Jewish children but also of the generations of their descendants.

Irena Sendler - This lovely, courageous woman was one of the most dedicated and active workers in aiding Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Her courage enabled not only the survival of 2,500 Jewish children but also of the generations of their descendants.

"In 1939, right after the Germans invaded, Warsaw began to see trainloads of blonde, blue-eyed children being taken to "Germanization" camps in Germany.  Everyone in Warsaw knew about a certain group of women...when the trains pulled in, they tried to convince the German guards to accept bribes in exchange for some of the children."  Irena Sendler was one of these women.  Later she did everything she could to save Jewish children, including the ones in this photo. (1944)

"In 1939, right after the Germans invaded, Warsaw began to see trainloads of blonde, blue-eyed children being taken to "Germanization" camps in Germany. Everyone in Warsaw knew about a certain group of women...when the trains pulled in, they tried to convince the German guards to accept bribes in exchange for some of the children." Irena Sendler was one of these women. Later she did everything she could to save Jewish children, including the ones in this photo. (1944)

Sendler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and received the Order of White Eagle, Poland’s high distinction.

Sendler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and received the Order of White Eagle, Poland’s high distinction.

Let me stress most emphatically that we who were rescuing children are not some kind of heroes. Indeed, that term irritates me greatly. The opposite is true.I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little. -Irena Sendler She was even humble. She was an extraordinary woman.

Let me stress most emphatically that we who were rescuing children are not some kind of heroes. Indeed, that term irritates me greatly. The opposite is true.I continue to have pangs of conscience that I did so little. -Irena Sendler She was even humble. She was an extraordinary woman.

The courageous heart of Irena Sendler.  Her story is one everyone should know. She bravely smuggled 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and found Polish families and group homes to hide them, all the while keeping track of the location of each child so they could be returned to any remaining family when the war ended.

The courageous heart of Irena Sendler. Her story is one everyone should know. She bravely smuggled 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and found Polish families and group homes to hide them, all the while keeping track of the location of each child so they could be returned to any remaining family when the war ended.

Irena Sendler... "a Polish woman who outfoxed the Nazis during WWII and saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children...." "Suppressed during the Communist regime in post-war Poland, and for decades afterwards...Sendler's lucid account of her life and work is a testament to the human capacity for moral courage in the face of depravity and evil during history's darkest times." - PBS.org

Irena Sendler... "a Polish woman who outfoxed the Nazis during WWII and saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children...." "Suppressed during the Communist regime in post-war Poland, and for decades afterwards...Sendler's lucid account of her life and work is a testament to the human capacity for moral courage in the face of depravity and evil during history's darkest times." - PBS.org

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