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Irena Sendler: Holocaust Super Hero
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Holocaust Super Hero Irena was born on February 15, 1910 in Warsaw, Poland but grew up in Otwock, Poland. She is credited with saving about 2,500 Jews during the Holocaust. This included children inside the ghetto along with children outside. "Heroes do extraodinary things. What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal."
- Irena Sendler Many children in the Warsaw ghetto lived on the streets, and got only 300 calories a day.
The Warsaw ghetto was liquidated on August 19, 1942. Houses were burned, people were killed without second thought, and others were loaded into cattle cars and sent to the Treblinka death camp Irena died on May 12, 2008 at age 98 in Warsaw, Poland. Without Irena, generations of Jews would've been lost during the Holocaust and it would've helped the Nazi's mission to eliminate all the Jews. She first rescued the orphans from the ghetto and later children who were still with their family. She used several methods to smuggle the children out including using the old courthouse on the edge of the Warsaw ghetto (which still stands today), hiding in the back of ambulances or trolleys and through sewer pipes and other underground secret passage ways. By Anna Giesler Any Questions? Her father was a doctor and died in 1917 of typhus. He worked with poor Jewish families in Otwock. She was arrested on October 20, 1943 and was placed in the wicked Pawiak prison, where she was constantly questioned and tortured. During her questioning, she had her feet and legs fractured. The German who interrogated her was young and spoke perfect Polish. He wanted the names of the Zegota leaders, their addresses and others who were involved. In the event that any of them were captured, they created a version of their identities to give the interrogators. After the question and answer session she had with the German, she recieved a death sentence. She would be shot. Unknown to her, Zegota had bribed the German officer who had helped her escape from being shot. In 1939, the Nazi's swept through Poland, her home country, putting more than 440,000 Jews into a 16 block ghetto known as the Warsaw ghetto. "I was brought up to believe that a person must be rescued when drowning, regardless of religion and nationality."
- Irena Sendler When she escaped from Pawiak prision, she had to spend the rest of World War II in hiding. The Nazi's wouldn't let her go and kept pursuing her where ever she went. When she rescued a child from the ghetto, she wrote their name down on a thin sheet of paper along with where she was to place them. After the war she would try to reunite them with their relatives. This was very hard because most adults were killed. Excerpt from: In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Prize. She lost to Al Gore who did a presentation on global warming. . . :(