Sunday, April 19, 2009

CBS to air movie on 'courageous' Polish Catholic who rescued Jewish children



This is really an amazing story and I am really surprised that it has made it to the mainstream. It is airing tonight at 9 PM Eastern:

On Sunday evening CBS will broadcast a movie about the heroic efforts and “courageous heart” of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who created and led an underground group that rescued Jewish children from Nazi persecution.

It is even more amazing that this is being shown on Divine Mercy Sunday! God is good!

Here is more on Irena from one of my previous posts:

I found this at the Rural Revolution site. Rural Revolution is the site of Patrice Lewis and is very well worth visiting!

Irena Sendler passed away last year and her story is one everyone should hear about:

During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. She had an ulterior motive. She KNEW what the Nazis' plans were for the Jews (being German). Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack (for larger kids). She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kid/infant noises. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms, and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids 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 it and reunited the family. Most of course had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.

Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming.


The picture below is of Irena and some of her "children" from the war.

5 comments:

iwka said...

I am from Poland and I for years I had no clue about Irena Sendler. Last year I wrote this post about her life:
http://iwka.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/sendlers-list-catholic-woman-rescued-2500-jewish-children/

John Michael said...

Thank you, Father, for letting us know that this movie was on tonight.

We watched it and were greatly moved by her courage. May we all be inspired to act as she did.

On a side note, when do you think Hallmark will make the Algore tribute slideshow?

Kathy ~TOG said...

Father,

I heard about Irena last year. This is truly an incredible story and movie. I watched it and it brought to shed many tears.

Do you know if Irena has been considered for sainthood? I have tried to search the web for this and was unsuccessful.

This woman is truly a saint. I would love to see the process begin to take place.

How does one do this? How can we recommened her? Or, are we able to?

Thank you Father,
Kathy

Mary Francis said...
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Mary Francis said...

Irena Sendler saves countless Jewish children from being killed, and Al Gore wins a peace award for something that doesn't even exist. What is this world coming to?! I pray that Irena's cause for canonization takes place soon!