A gentile social worker who rescued over 2,500 Jewish children and babies from what would have been certain death at the hands of the Nazis. She worked as part of the Polish Underground to smuggle children out, provide them with false documents and join them to families that would raise them. Most of the parents died in the camps, but she had kept the names with a plan to reunite the children after the war.
In 1943, She was caught, arrested and tortured by the Gestapo, her legs and feet broken, and was sentenced to death. Bribery rescued her and she survived. She died last year at the age of 98. Honored as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, her story reads like fiction, but it is the true story of one woman who made a stand in the face of evil.
I bring her story to you because I heard of her this week during the discussion of Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize. Irena was nominated in 2007 for the Nobel Peace Prize. It was given that year to Al Gore for his work on global warming.
Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth