Friday, November 14, 2008
The WW II Heroine Who Lost the Nobel Prize for Peace to Al Gore
I received this today from a military historian:
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Reflections - In Memoriam to a World War II Heroine - Irena Sendlerowa (1910-2008)
There recently was a death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena.
During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. She knew what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews.
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck for larger kids. She had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time, and in the course of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids and infants.
She was caught and the Nazis broke her legs and arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunite the families. Most, of course, had been gassed. The kids she helped were placed into foster family homes or adopted.
When Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize . . . She lost. Al Gore won instead, for a film on Global Warming (while owning a huge carbon footprint mansion).
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Here is a link for more information on Irena Sendlerowa:
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Al Gore must have known about his fellow nominee for the Nobel Prize for Peace. It says a lot about his character that he would not willingly and eagerly step aside for such a heroine.
Charles M. Grist