In the fall of 1999, four young girls from kansas began research for a high school history project. The truth is, she had an ulterior motive as she knew the nazis plans were for the jews. From the economist print edition irena sendler, saviour of children in the warsaw ghetto, died on may 12th, aged 98 poland suffered more than any other european country during the second world war. During world war ii, irena sendler, a polish catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 jewish children from certain death in the warsaw ghetto.
The courageous heart of irena sendler the time is the dark years of world war ii, the place warsaw, poland, the person irena sendler a polish catholic social worker, and an unlikely hero. Ncss notable trade book lesson plan irena sendler and the. In the fall of 1999, four young girls from kansas began research for a. The courageous heart of irena sendler 2009 the movie. Extensive archive footage and interviews with survivor, sendler, her coworkers and the children she. Sendler was born as irena krzyzanowski on february 15, 1910 in warsaw, poland. She sympathized for jews from an early start, mainly because her father, stanislaw krzyzanowski, was a physician and treated patients other doctors wouldnt treat which was mostly jews. In the name of their mothers, directed and coproduced by american filmmaker mary skinner, brings this miraculous and profound story of human goodness to life. His subject was waitstill sharp, a unitarian minister and his wife martha, who, during world war ii, helped smuggled at least 150 jews out of nazi. As a german, irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried. Hoping to reunite the children with their families after the war, irena kept secret lists of the childrens identities. The bravery of irena sendler and what she and her friends endured is incomprehensible but only part of the book is devoted to this. The courageous heart of irena sendler is a 2009 television film directed by john kent harrison.
If you are interested in the story of the warsaw ghetto, you would love the book irenas children. Mother of the children of the holocaust translation by mieszkowska, anna isbn. The courageous heart of irena sendler ignatius press. When she initially proposes saving jewish children from the warsaw ghetto, her idea is met with skepticism by fellow workers, her parish priest, and even her own mother janina. The courageous heart of irena sendler 2009 available on.
Majkowski, goran visnjic as stefan, steve speirs as piotr, paul freeman as monsignor godlewski, danny webb as trojan. As a jewish sympathizer since childhood, sendler sendlerowa and her friends produced thousands of false documents to help jewish families prior to joining the resistance group zegota council for aid to jews. Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto is a glowing example of why picture books are not just for the young. She is the author of six books, has contributed to numerous journals and archives, and is a frequent guest on polish public radio and literary and cultural television shows. The film is based on unique and exclusive interviews with the heroine, which were recorded and shot during the last days of her life. Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto by susan. Motivated by conscience and armed with compassion and a belief in human dignity, irena sendler confronted an enormous moral challenge and proved to the world that an ordinary person can accomplish deeds of extraordinary courage. Irena sendler s letter to the polish senate 2007, as quoted in irena sendler, lifeline to young jews, is dead at 98 by dennis hevesi, may, 2008. She was greatly influenced by her father, who was a doctor to mostly poor jews. For more on irena sendler and the life in a jar project, which tours the play about her life, please visit and click on this commentary. Her name was irena sendler irena sendlerowa in polish and when she passed on at the age of 98 on may 12, 2008, it was the end of a truly extraordinary and heroic life. This book offers the first english translation of the compelling heroine story of irena sendler, a polish catholic who organized the rescue of more than 2,500 jewish children from the warsaw ghetto during world war ii. The courageous heart of irena sendler dvd leaflet missal. I am using this article to show the impact irena sendler had because without her those 2,500 children she saved would most likely have been killed.
Sendler was horrified by what she encountered on a daily basis, and took matters into her own hands. The courageous heart of irena sendler nathaniel parker. What she did, however, was nothing short of extraordinary. Courageous heart of irena sendler dvd christian movies. The sacrifice of irena sendler inspirational stories. This nobel peace prize nominee was largely unknown in america until a group of teenagers in kansas discovered her inspiring and heartbreaking life story. Skinner spent seven years conducting research and recording interviews for irena sendler. Awardwinning documentary filmmaker mary skinner will bring the story of irena sendler, a member of an underground network that conspired against the nazis to save jewish children from the warsaw ghetto, to the creative living series at 10 a. Mar 10, 1984 irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto is a glowing example of why picture books are not just for the young. Inspired by irena sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere.
Irena sendler was a member of the ak and a polish christian social worker helping jewish children in the warsaw ghetto in ww2. She led a group of compatriots who moved in and out of warsaws jewish ghetto dressed as nurses employed by warsaws health department. She became a polish nurse and social worker and used her skills to serve in the germanoccupied warsaw during world war ii. Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto susan goldman rubin2011. Sixty percent 60% of the royalties of life in a jar. From october 1943 she was head of the childrens section of. Irena sendler was born into a catholic family in poland in 1910. The hallmark hall of fame presentation of the courageous heart of irena sendler premiered on cbs on sunday, april 19, 2009 and showcased to huge audiences anna paquins magnificent performance as irena sendler, the polish catholic social worker who risked her own life to save the lives of 2500 jewish children to escape extermination in the warsaw ghettos during world. Anna paquin as irena sendler, marcia gay harden as janina sendler, nathaniel parker as dr. We desperately need her and other exemplars of good to teach all of us about goodness. Heres the story of another brave woman that i wish more people knew about. Courageous heart of irena sendler, the irena sendler. Irena saved at least 2,500 jewish children from certain death during the holocaust.
Life in a jar the courageous story of irena sendler. This article summarizes the life of polish nurse, irena sendler, who during the. Irena sendler helped 2,500 jewish children escape nazi death squads she was only 4 ft 11 in tall, a wisp of a catholic girl in her early 30s, a fairhaired blueeyed beauty, and an unlikely heroine. New book on holocaust heroine irena sendler by tilar.
Throughout the german occupation in world war ii, irena worked tirelessly to help save polands jews from the nazi horror. But in this book tells the story of irena sendler, her brave coworkers, and those they rescued, largely in their own words. Factbased drama about irena sendler anna paquin, a polish social worker who saved nearly 2500 jewish children from being deported to death camps during world war ii. In fact, using illustrated narrative to tell the story of a difficult time in history, sets the tone and helps to place the event in time through pictures, while teaching children the importance of historical events. A hero of the children and their mothers i was taught by my father that when someone is drowning, you dont ask if they can swim. Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto by. She saved 2,500 jewish children during world war two while she worked with the polish underground, which help maid polish jews.
Based on the true story of irena sendler, a 2007 nobel peace prize nominee, hallmark hall of fames latest film, the courageous heart of irena sendler, stars anna paquin, starring academy award and golden globe winner. In 2016, irenas children, a book about sendler written by tilar j. New book on holocaust heroine irena sendler by tilar mazzeo. Irena sendler was never anyone to bragshe always said that she simply did what she had to do. Such events can also produce beautiful actions like the breathtakingly brave rescue of 2500 jewish children by sendler and her network of helpers in occupied poland. The courageous heart of irena sendler 2009 rotten tomatoes.
Nationality, race, and religion do not play any role. May 22, 2008 from the economist print edition irena sendler, saviour of children in the warsaw ghetto, died on may 12th, aged 98 poland suffered more than any other european country during the second world war. Along with so many others, ive been haunted by the story of the teacher in newtown who risked her life to save her students. Factbased drama about irena sendler anna paquin, a polish social worker who saved nearly 2500 jewish children from being deported to death camps during world war ii by placing them with polish. Schindler robbed and exploited the 1200 jews he saved. Irena sendler ap photoalik kepliczwhat happens when an ordinary polish woman encounters extraordinary evil. The movie tells the remarkable story of irena sendler, a catholic polish health and. Students are asked to consider irenas actions and her motives. Irena sendler was born in 1910 in warsaw and was raised in the town of otwock, a town about 15 miles from warsaw. Irena sendler was a polish social worker who, during world war ii, helped to rescue 2,500 jewish children from the warsaw ghetto, and placed them in convents or with nonjewish families. One such real life heroine died last year without much notice. Irena saved thousands of polish children during the second world war. Irena sendler not only saved jewish children but also humanitys soul.
This article taken from a website is a secondary source. Irena sendler deserves an historian and a filmmaker such as spielberg to tell us her compelling story of sacrifice and courage. This page is dedicated to her memory and to honour such a courageous woman. There recently was a death of a 98 yearold lady named irena 19102008. The film is a coproduction between american and polish companies. The irena sendler project by jack mayer the book, published by long.
The irena sendler project is a holocaust history and more. This past week, pbs premiered the latest film by ken burns. Trained as a social worker, sendler became 1942 a member of zegota council to aid the jews, the polish underground organization established to help save. Working as a nurse and a social worker, she was active in the polish undergroundthe polish resistance movement in world war iiin germanoccupied warsaw during the world war ii. Emma bogusz, millstone middle school, 2nd place grade 78, app december student voices. This lesson uses irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto to introduce students to a true story of a catholic, polish social worker who saved the lives of thousands of jewish children during world war ii by relocating them. Her father died in february 1917 after contracting typhus from treating.
Irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto. Irena sendler 1910 2008 polish catholic social worker people and their households caught hiding jews risked death sentences in germanoccupied poland. The hallmark hall of fame presentation of the courageous heart of irena sendler premiered on cbs on sunday, april 19, 2009 and showcased to huge audiences anna paquins magnificent performance as irena sendler, the polish catholic social worker who risked her own life to save the lives of 2500 jewish children to escape extermination in the warsaw ghettos during world war ii. Buy irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto by rubin, susan goldman isbn. A true story of courage by mary cronk farrell and tilar j. Sendler tells her story of saving the lives of the poorest children imprisoned behind the walls of the warsaw ghetto. Protestant kids from rural kansas, discovered a polish catholic woman who saved jewish children.
Feb 14, 2011 buy irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto by rubin, susan goldman isbn. Irena sendler was a diminutive polish social worker who helped spirit more than four hundred children out of the warsaw ghetto during world war ii. Irena sendler is well known in history, even today. Irena sendler biography childhood, life achievements. The irena sendler project the book by jack mayer, middlebury, vt. Dec 19, 2017 irena sendler saved 2,500 children from nazis. When she assigned each child a new name christian name, she hid there fake names along with their real names under a tree at her neighbors house, where only she knew. Mieszkowska was a consultant to mary skinners documentary, in the name of their mothers, as well as on the 2009 television movie the courageous heart of irena sendler. May 31, 2011 irena sendler was a christian social worker in poland who saved hundreds of lives during the holocaust. It is the inspirational story of protestant students from kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a catholic woman who knocked on jewish doors in the warsaw ghetto and, in sendlers own words, tried to talk the. Irena sendler, irena krzyzanowska, polish social worker born february 15, 1910, otwock, russian empire now in polanddied may 12, 2008, warsaw, pol.
The story of irena sendler, a social worker who was part of the polish underground during world war ii and was arrested by the nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 jewish children by smuggling them out of the warsaw ghetto. Irena sendler was a christian social worker in poland who saved hundreds of lives during the holocaust. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The irena sendler project are donated to the irena sendler life in a jar foundation. Irena sendler and these students chose to repair the world. This is the compelling story of polish catholic social worker, irena sendler, one of the most remarkable, and unlikely, heroes of world war ii, saving 2,500 jewish children during the nazi occupation of poland. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. The courageous heart of irena sendler tv movie 2009. Sep 16, 2016 irena sendler helped 2,500 jewish children escape nazi death squads she was only 4 ft 11 in tall, a wisp of a catholic girl in her early 30s, a fairhaired blueeyed beauty, and an unlikely heroine. Unlike schindler, mrs sendler or sendlerowa, a polishcatholic, was in real danger of her life, as were, fellow poles who worked with her to save thousands of jewish children. A nurse example of love of freedom scielo colombia.
Irena sendler is a catholic social worker who has sympathized with the jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor jewish patients. Known also by the shortened surname sendler, irena was born in 1910 into a roman catholic family in a town fifteen miles southeast of warsaw. She grew up in otwock, a small town 15 miles from warsaw. During wwii, irena, got permission to work in the warsaw ghetto, as a plumbingsewer specialist. Sep 28, 2016 but of course she was a hero, a christian whose courage should serve as an inspiration to us all and a reminder that the most ordinary of people can make an extraordinary difference. Through her own initiative, and at great risk to her own life irena sendler saved 2,500 jewish children from the warsaw ghetto from the nazis and undeniable death. By the time of her death in 2008, irena had been honored by the governments of poland and israel. Susan goldman rubin is the author of more than fiftyfive books for children.
With her small band of helpers, who overwhelmed with the plight of jewish children around them she endevoured to help as many as possible escape from the inevitable fate of either starvation or deportation to a worse fate. Irena sendler the international raoul wallenberg foundation. The extraordinary story of the woman who saved 2,500 children from the warsaw ghetto irena sendler and the children of the warsaw ghetto the courageous heart of irena sendler miss irenas children the irena sendler story paul freeman. Irena sendler wrote that tragic events can produce beautiful feelings. Anna paquins the courageous heart of irena sendler on dvd. The irena sendler project by jack mayer the book, published by. Irena sendler was a polish woman who along with her trusted network is credited to have saved the lives of 2,500 jewish children during the holocaust.436 123 950 733 160 554 1073 750 1218 1163 693 1468 649 1436 570 129 668 858 1343 271 477 1219 741 1383 703 1295 680 207 872 1474 1461 1295 893 717 1439 644 1306 541 1136 543 624 109 838 392 854 130 319 570