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Friday, August 29, 2008
May 12 marked the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena.
During WWII, Irena received permission from the Nazis to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist.
She had an ulterior motive...
Being Polish, she knew the Nazis' plans for the Jews and smuggled infants out in the bottom of the large tool box she carried. Larger children were placed in a burlap sack in the back of her truck. Also in the back was a dog that she had trained to bark each time the Nazi guards allowed her out of the ghetto and back in.
The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and its barking covered any noise made by the infants and small children. Irena managed to smuggle out approximately 2,500 children before she was finally caught. When she was captured, the Nazis beat her severely, breaking both her arms and her legs.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the children she smuggled out of that Warsaw ghetto and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her back yard ..
After the war, she tried to locate any parents who may have survived so she might reunite the child with its family. Most, of course, did not survive the Holocaust, and the vast majority of the surviving children were placed in foster homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but she lost to Al Gore, who won the award for presenting a slide show on Global Warming.
Please know that this is absolutely true, and you can read about it on snopes.com
In the midst of the chaos of my day, this true story of a REAL LIFE remarkable woman, gave me pause to think beyond myself. Hmmmm....saving children and babies from the Holocaust, or.....Global Warming? Which do you think deserves the Nobel Peace Price more? And would you have had the courage to make a difference if the need arose during your life time? Doesn't something like this just make all the little petty things that irritate us SO LESS RELEVANT!?
God Bless You, Irena!
Quipped by Bonnie K Hunter at 8:24 PM