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Stella Williams
Stella Williams • 2 years ago

This is Irena Sendler. Or was… She died in 2008. She was 98 years old. Most likely, nobody would’ve known much about her, other than her family. I don’t suppose she had a State Funeral. But Irena was amazing. Inspiring. Generous beyond words. During World War Two, Irena worked in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewing specialist (do those things even go together?) She smuggled Jewish children out – carrying infants in the bottom of the tool box that she carried, and older children in a sack she carried in the back of her truck… WHAT. WHAT?! She also had a dog that sat in the truck. She trained it to bark when the Nazi soldiers approached the truck as she entered and exited the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, so they’d stay clear. And the barking also covered the sounds of the children and infants. Irena saved TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED children. TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED. She was eventually caught. She was severely tortured, and sentenced to death. Irena was saved on the way to her execution, by a group who bribed her Nazi guards. She was left unconscious, with both legs and arms shattered. She was also listed as ‘executed’, so for the remainder of the war, she lived in hiding, while still helping Jewish children. Irena kept a record of all the names of the children she smuggled out of the ghetto, and kept them in glass jars buried under trees in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any surviving parents, and managed to reunite some families. Most parents had been killed. Irena helped the children get placements with foster families, and helped with adoptions. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize a few years ago. She was not selected. AND IT DOESN’T MATTER. What she did for all of those children is worth more than a million Nobel Peace Prizes. And I would bet a million trillion dollars she didn’t do it for an accolade of any kind. Dearest Irena, You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your example of selflessness and generosity… A life well and truly lived. WELL LIVED.

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