WWII Day-By-Day: October 20
Irena Sendler engineered and operated a group of compatriots who smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of Warsaw's Jewish Ghetto. The Gestapo eventually discovered her activities, tortured her, and sentenced her to death, but she managed to evade execution and survive the war. In 1958 she was awarded Poland's "In the Service of Health" award (lower photo) and in 1965 was recognized by the State of Israel as "Righteous among the Nations." #WWII
Irena Krzyżanowska Sendler (1910-2008) - Find A...
Irena Sendler World War II Heroine. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Sendler was working for the Warsaw Social Welfare Department, providing services for orphans and the poor, including food, clothing, and medicine. To shelter the Jews who were receiving such services, she started registering them under fictitious Christian names and reporting that they had infectious diseases to ward off inspections. Upon the Nazis' creation of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942, she joined the underground and t...