Sendler Irena Mother of the Children of the Holocaust While the figure of Oscar Schindler was hailed by the

world thanks to Steven Spi elberg who was inspired to make the movie it would get seven Oscars in 1993 narr ating the life of the German industrialist who avoided the death of 1,000 Jews i n concentration camps, Irena Sendler was still an unknown outside Poland heroin and barely recognized in his country by some historians as the years of communis t obscurantism had erased her feat of official history books. Besides, she never told anyone anything about his life during those years. However, in 1999, his s tory became known and was, curiously by a group of students from a school in Kan sas and their final course work on the heroes of the Holocaust. In their researc h they found very few references to Irena, there was one surprising fact: he had saved the lives of 2,500 children is it that only had information about a perso n? But the big surprise came when after searching the place of Irena's tomb, dis covered that there was because she was still alive, and in fact still alive. Tod ay is a 97-year old woman living in an asylum of the city center in a room where flowers never fail and thank you cards from around the world. When Germany invaded the country in 1939, Irena was a nurse in the Social Welfar e Department which handled the Warsaw community kitchens in the city. In 1942 the Nazis established a ghetto in Warsaw and Irena horrified by the cond itions in which they lived there joined the Council for Aid to Jews. Got health office IDs, one of whose tasks was the fight against communicable diseases. As t he invading Germans were afraid the outburst of an epidemic of typhus, Poles tol erate controlled the premises. He soon made contact with families who offered to take their children out of the Ghetto. But they could not assure success. It was a horrible time, had to convi nce parents to bring their children and they asked, "Can you promise me that my child shall live?" ... ... What could promise when or even knew if he could leav e the ghetto? The only certainty was that children would die if they stayed in it. The mothers and grandmothers did not want to give up their children and grandchi ldren. Irena understood them perfectly, then, she was the mother, and the whole process she carried out with the kids, the hardest was the time of separation. S ometimes, when Irena and her girls were returning to visit families to try to ma ke them change their minds, they found that all had been taken to the train that would lead to the death camps. Every time something happened to him, he fought harder to save more children. He started them out in ambulances as victims of typhus, but soon took advantage of everything in his power to hide them and get them out: garbage cans, toolboxe s, shipments of goods, sacks of potatoes, coffins ... in their hands any element is transformed into an escape. He managed to recruit at least one person from e ach of the ten centers of the Social Welfare Department. With your help, prepare d hundreds of false documents with forged signatures giving temporary identities Jewish children. Irena lived times of war thinking in times of peace. So not en ough to keep these children alive. I wanted that one day they could regain their real names, their identity, their personal histories, their families. Then came up with a file that recorded the names of the children and their new identities . Record the data in small pieces of paper and buried them in jars dontro kept u nder an apple tree in the garden of his neighbor. They waited without anyone sus pecting the past 2,500 children ... until the Nazis left. But one day, the Nazis learned of his activities. On October 20, 1943, Irena Sen dler was arrested by the Gestapo and taken to prison where he was brutally tortu red Pawiak. In a straw mattress in his cell, he found a faded picture of Jesus C

hrist. The retained as the result of a miraculous chance in those difficult mome nts of his life, until 1979, when he got rid of it and gave it to John Paul II. Irena was the only one who knew the names and addresses of families who sheltere d Jewish children, endured torture and refused to betray his associates or any o f the hidden children. They broke the feet and legs as well as countless torture . But no one could break his will. So was sentenced to death.€A sentence that w as never fulfilled because the way the place of execution, the soldier who had l et it escape. The resistance had bribed because they did not want Irena died wit h the secret of the location of children. Officially included in the lists of th ose executed, and that thereafter, Irena continued to work but with a false iden tity. After the war, she dug up the jars and used the notes to find the 2,500 children placed with foster families. The meeting with relatives scattered across Europe , but most had lost family members in Nazi concentration camps. The children only knew her by her code name Jolanta. But years later when his st ory appeared in a newspaper accompanied by photos of him at the time, several pe ople began to call to say it: "I remember your face .... I am one of those kids, I owe you my life, my future and I want to see ... . Irena is in your room hundreds of photos with some of these child survivors or c hildren of them. His father a doctor, who died of typhoid when she was still small, taught him th at: "It always helps when you're drowning, regardless of their religion or natio nality. Helping every day someone has to be a necessity from the heart " Irena Sendler spent years chained to a wheelchair due to injuries after being to rtured drag by the Gestapo. It is not considered a heroine. He never claimed cre dit for her actions. "I could have done more," always said that the question on the subject. "This regret will follow me until the day I die." "No food seeds are planted. You plant seeds of kindness. Try to make a circle of kindness, the surround and they will grow more and more. " Irena Sendler