Irena Sendler hero15 February 1910 – 12 May 2008

  • Polish nurse and social worker who served in German-occupied Warsaw during WWII;
  • head of the children’s section of Żegota,the Polish Council to Aid Jews;
  • assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, Sendler smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto saving those children from the Holocaust;
  • Irena saved more Jews than any other individual during the Holocaust.
  • German occupiers eventually discovered her activities and she was arrested by the Gestapo, tortured, and sentenced to death but she managed to evade execution and survive the war.
  • recognised by the State of Israel as Righteous among the Nations and late in life she was awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest honor, for her wartime humanitarian efforts.

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