May 12, 2008 marked the death of 98 year-old Irena Sendler. During WWII, Irena was granted permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' -- being German (and Catholic), she knew what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews.
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool box and she carried burlap sacks in the back of her truck to hide the larger children. She also had a dog in the back of the truck who she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids and infants noises.
During this time, she managed to save 2500 infants and children.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the children 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 to reunite the familes. Most had been gassed. The children she helped were placed in foster family homes or adopted.
Irena Sendler receiving the In the Service of Health medal from Poland's Minister of Health. Warsaw, October 1958
Last year Irena Sendler was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.
She was not selected.
Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.
In MEMORIAM - 63 YEARS LATER
Her history is here: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.info-poland.buffalo....
Today, her legacy continues: http://www.irenasendler.org/