Issuing forged identification documents with new identities for the children, she smuggled nearly 2,500 of them out of the Ghetto in ambulances, gunnysacks, body bags, and coffins. A Roman Catholic, Sendler received much assistance from the church in finding homes for the children. She kept carefully coded records of the children's original and falsified names and stored the lists in jars, which she buried under an apple tree in a neighbor's backyard so the children would know their roots.
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Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota Polish anti-Holocaust resistance in Warsaw. She helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the ghetto. Despite being tortured and imprisoned by the Nazis, Sendler continued to do all she could to help Jewish children in Warsaw.
Irena Sendler b: 15 February 1910 Warsaw, Russian; d: 12 May 2008 (aged 98) Warsaw, Poland -- Sendler smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and then provided them with false identity documents and with housing outside the Ghetto, thereby saving those children from being killed in the Holocaust. The Nazis eventually discovered her activities, tortured her, and sentenced her to death; but she managed to evade execution and survive the war.