"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)
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.
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.
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