Buried lives

Posted by Bel. The time is 7:48pm here in Wellington, NZ.

"If someone is drowning, you have to give them your hand. When the war started, all of Poland was drowning in a sea of blood, and those who were drowning the most were the Jews. And among the Jews, the worst off were the children. So I had to give them my hand"

Irena Sendler saved twice as many people in WWII than Oscar Schindler, and was tortured for three months by the Gestapo when they discovered she was smuggling children out of the Warsaw ghetto. She still refused to reveal any details.

After the war ended, she went back to the apple tree where she had stashed the identities of the children in buried glass jars and worked to help reunite them with their parents, or with what living family members they had left.

Now 97 years old, Irena Sendler is being considered for nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. She would get my vote. Read more here.

2 thoughts on “Buried lives”

  1. Considered for nomination for a Nobel prize. I KNOW!!

    And I betcha that after all this, she didn't spend the years between then and 97 years old just hanging out watching ER or whatever.